The Yankees go for the series win against the Tigers tonight as Shane Greene goes up against Rick Porcello.
Yankees lineup: Gardner 7 Prado 5 Ellsbury 8 Beltran DH Headley 3 Drew 6 Cervelli 2 Ichiro 9 Ryan 4 Greene RHP— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 7, 2014
Today's lineup looks a little different behind the sinker-throwing Greene. As you'll see, Derek Jeter is out today in order to get the best possible infield defense behind him. Brett Gardner leads off with Martin Prado getting a start at third base. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran follow in their usual spots, but with Mark Teixeira out after getting stitches to his pinky, Chase Headley is at first base. Stephen Drew gets to play his actual position at shortstop and Francisco Cervelli gives Brian McCann the day off behind the plate. Ichiro Suzuki will play right field and Brendan Ryan will be at second base.
For those of you who want the Yankees to sign David Robertson to a contract extension, according to the closer, that ship might have already sailed. He was expecting talks of an extension over the winter, where he stated he would have "gone for a discount," but at this point he's content to finish out the season and see what free agency has in store for him. While he's not completely shut off from an extension now, he also says "it would have to be a legit offer at this point of the year," meaning he's no longer going to take a discount. It would have been nice to lock up both Gardner and Robertson in the offseason, but, of course, since he wasn't a Proven Closer yet, they likely didn't want to do anything crazy. I say they still make an offer and try to get something done, just so no one can outbid them in the offseason, but that's just me.
In Masahiro Tanaka news, the Japanese right-hander played catch for a third time, after taking yesterday off, and everything seems to be going well so far. Please come back to us, Tanak.
Tanaka played catch again at 60 & 90 feet, reported no problems. More catch coming in the future... Will go to baltimore w/ team monday.— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) August 7, 2014
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