The Yankees will try to build off of last night's awesome game in the second game of this four-game series against the Rays. I don't know how they can top a triple play, destroying David Price, and Yangervis Solarte's first career home run, but maybe Erik Bedard can help them out.
#Yankees lineup: Gardner 7, Jeter 6, Ellsbury 8, Soriano DH, McCann 2, Solarte 4, Johnson 3, Sizemore 5, Suzuki 9, Kuroda 1.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) April 18, 2014
The lineup seems pretty familiar: Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury at the top of the lineup. Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann follow in the heart of the lineup. Yangervis Solarte stays at second base with Kelly Johnson returning to first base, allowing Scott Sizemore to move over to third, where he's probably much more comfortable playing. Ichiro Suzuki is in tonight's game, which makes me worry about Carlos Beltran, who underwent precautionary tests after last night's game when he tumbled head-over-heels over the short outfield wall. He stayed in the game, so he's probably not hurt, but I'll be he's pretty sore so they probably want to take it easy on him.
As for actually injured players, David Robertson was seen taking part in pitcher fielding practice at Tropicana Field, so he's with the team and seems ready to return on Tuesday. Mark Teixeira went 1-for-5 in an extended spring training game, but more importantly, he felt comfortable with his swing and didn't feel like he was protecting his wrist like he was at the beginning of the season. He should be ready to return on Sunday.
Brendan Ryan, on the other hand, might be out for at least the rest of the month. He took part in a simulated game and will see an increased workload as the week progresses. He's making his way back from a troubling nerve injury in his back, so the Yankees are going to take it easy on him. Ryan says he will need around 35 at-bats, since he never really had a spring training, but we'll have to wait and see when he'll actually be ready.