Yankees lineup vs. Padres; Curtis Graderson returns, Melky Mesa optioned

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees face the Padres in San Diego as Curtis Granderson makes his second return to New York. Within weeks the lineup has added Granderson and Alfonso Soriano, improving the offense substantially, so here's what it looks like tonight:

NL baseball has weakened the offense, but Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Robinson Cano is a good top of the lineup. Lyle Overbay is not much of a cleanup hitter, but he did have two hits and three RBI during the Dodgers series and actually has the highest OPS in the lineup over the last month at .788. Granderson, Ichiro Suzuki, Eduardo Nunez, and Chris Stewart follow, with Ichiro being the only hitter with an OPS over .600 in the last week. CC Sabathia gets to bat tonight, so I guess that will be fun.

To activiate Curtis Granderson off the 60-day disabled list, the Yankees designated Thomas Neal for assignment and optioned Melky Mesa down to Triple-A. Neal hit .182/.308/.182 in only 11 at-bats, but hit .325/.391/.411 in Scranton. He could make it back to the Yankees, but there's a good chance he'll get picked up by another team. Mesa hit a miraculous .385/.429/.538 in 13 at-bats, which isn't much of a sample size, but considering his .249/.277/.424 line with 94 strikeouts this season in Scranton, it would have been nice to see if this was for real or not. He'll likely be back in September.

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