The Yankees snapped their win streak with a loss to Chris Archer and the Rays last night with their most consistent starter on the mound. Tonight, they'll try to rebound against the Rays ace David Price with the guy who is supposed to be their ace on the mound in CC Sabathia. The bigger of the lefties has really struggled this season but he had shown signs recently of maybe turning a corner for the better.
#Yankees lineup vs TB: Ichiro RF, Nunez SS, Cano 2B, Soriano LF, Rodriguez 3B, Wells DH, Granderson CF, Reynolds 1B, Romine C, Sabathia P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 24, 2013
A notable absence from the lineup is Brett Gardner, who was hit on the hand by a pitch in last night's game. Gardner was expected to undergo an MRI and X-Ray today and the beat writers say that he is not in the clubhouse as of now. Despite being plunked on the hand and standing in the outfield pressing on the spot where it was hit, Gardner stayed in the game and didn't think it was serious. Hopefully that's the case because Jayson Nix is likely done for the season after a similar incident. Lyle Overbay is still out of the lineup, likely because of the flu-like symptoms that made him a scratch last night.
The Yankees to have the firepower back in their lineup to win the way they have been as of late: with home runs. Curtis Granderson leads the way against Price with four home runs, Mark Reynolds has three, and Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano have each taken Price deep one time in their careers. Of the batters in the lineup, A-Rod's .808 OPS off Price is the best and Vernon Wells' .445 OPS is the worst. To keep pace with the wild card chase, the Yankees need to win this game. They'll need Sabathia to continue to show signs of life and the offense to click as it did against the Blue Jays earlier this week to get there.
Gardner had the x-ray today. No broken bone. Said his hand feels fine. Available, just not in the lineup. #yankees— Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) August 24, 2013