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Game #8 - New York Yankees @ Kansas City Royals

NewYork Yankees

JohnnyDamon, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Bobby Abreu, RF
Álex Rodríguez, 3B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Jorge Posada, C
Jason Giambi, 1B
Wilson Betemit
Melky Cabrera, CF

Phil Hughes, RHP (0-0, 3.00 ERA)

Kansas City Royals

Joey Gathright, CF
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B
Mark Teahen, LF
Jose Guillen, RF
Billy Butler, DH
Alex Gordon, 3B
Ross Gload, 1B
John Buck, C
Tony Pena Jr., SS

Brian Bannister, RHP (1-0, 0.00)

As most of you know by now, Derek Jeter is out with a strained quad and is expected to miss the KC series. For those of you wondering, the Yanks are 16-12 without Jeter in the starting lineup since the beginning of the 2004 season.

Robinson Cano has been moved to the #2 slot in the order. Jason Giambi returns to the lineup after missing a couple of games due to a tweaked groin.

Brian Bannister is 0-1, 12.60 ERA in his lone career start against the Yankees.

Phil Hughes was hammered in his lone career start against the Royals (4.2 IP, 6 ER), but his performance that day was an afterthought however because it happened to be the same day A-Rod hit career # 500 at the Stadium.

Yankees'career numbers vs. Bannister can be viewed here. Royals' career numbers vs. Hughes can beviewed here.