Perfection Through Silence Lineup: Gardner 8, Suzuki 9, Cano 4, Hafner DH, Overbay 3, Almonte 7, Nix 5, Stewart 2, Gonzalez 6.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) June 26, 2013
Only one Yankee has ever faced tonight's Rangers starter Justin Grimm and that is Vernon Wells, who is not in tonight's lineup. To be fair, Wells has only one at-bat against the 24-year-old right-hander. Alberto Gonzalez makes his first start since being recalled by the Yankees after they designated Reid Brignac for assignment. This allows Jayson Nix to play third base while giving a struggling David Adams the night off.
Gardner enters tonight's game as the Yankees' best hitter by a wide margin. The speedy outfielder is hitting .337/.380/.523 with two home runs in June. Despite a hitless game last night, it's nice to see Zoilo getting another start over Wells. Maybe he can cement his spot in the starting outfield with a big game tonight, if he hasn't already.
The A-Rod vs. Brian Cashman debacle from last night also carried over a bit into today, mainly with the GM regretting the way he acted after Hal Steinbrenner spoke to both parties.
A-Rod and Hal Steinbrenner had a conversation about the twitter issue today in Tampa, Cashman said.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 26, 2013
Cashman: "I regret the choice of words I used yesterday in my conversation with ESPN New York."— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 26, 2013
Cashman said he understands A-Rod isn't trying to create a disturbance but called the tweet "an unnecessary distraction."— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 26, 2013
Well, the tweet didn't seem like too much of a distraction until you told him to 'shut the f--- up', Brian, but alright. Alex Rodriguez commented on the matter, saying it was just an expression of unbridled joy that led to the tweet. He wasn't trying to cause problems with it, just wanted to show his excitement. That's not okay, because the Yankees get to determine when a player is ready to play in rehab games and want to release that information themselves. Hopefully the matter is behind us now. Yeah, right.
RHP Rafael De Paula will represent the Yankees in the Futures Game on July 14.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 26, 2013
After four members of the Trenton Thunder were named to the Eastern League All-Star Game, one of the newest members of the Thunder was named as the Yankees' representative in the Future's Game this season. De Paula has been fantastic all season, leading Minor League baseball in strikeouts. This is a well-deserving honor for him and will serve as an exciting opportunity for Yankee fans to watch him pitch.