The Yankees did not sweep the Angels last night, but they took three of four and won four games in a row, so it was definitely a victory for them. They go to Boston tonight to face the AL East-leading Red Sox in a three game set and this lineup needs to beat them:
#Yankees lineup in Boston: Gardner CF, Nunez SS, Cano 2B, Soriano LF, Rodriguez 3B, Wells DH, Ichiro RF, Reynolds 1B, Stewart C, Pettitte P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 16, 2013
Brett Gardner is leading off the offense, with Eduardo Nunez batting second and Robinson Cano in the three-hole. Alfonso Soriano is the clean up hitter while Alex Rodriguez moves back to the fifth spot. Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki follow and Mark Reynolds makes his Yankees debut at first base as the right-handed platoon partner of Lyle Overbay. Everyone's favorite backup catcher Chris Stewart bats ninth, because why not.
To make room for Mark Reynolds on the 40-man roster, the injured Luis Cruz has been designated for assignment. Preston Claiborne has been sent down to Triple-A to get Reynolds on the 25-man roster. David Huff remains with the team after replacing Dellin Betances on the active roster in order to serve as a second lefty out of the bullpen for the Boston series.