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New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals: Nathan Eovaldi vs. Ian Kennedy

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees finish out their series with the Kansas City Royals hoping to take three out of four games from the reigning World Series champs. Nathan Eovaldi takes the ball against former Yankee prospect Ian Kennedy as Mark Teixeira return to the lineup after some time off with a stiff neck. Jacoby Ellsbury, meanwhile, won't be back for another few days as he continues to test his hip injury.

Earlier today, the team announced that they had optioned outfielder Ben Gamel in favor of left-handed reliever Tyler Olson. Considering the Yankees are now playing with two outfielders, Carlos Beltran, and whatever you consider Dustin Ackley to be at this point, the move doesn't make a lot of sense if Ellsbury isn't coming back. If only they had some way of taking Ellsbury off the active roster so Gamel could stay...

Today's Lineups

Alcides Escobar - SS Brett Gardner - LF
Lorenzo Cain - CF Starlin Castro - 2B
Eric Hosmer - 1B Mark Teixeira - 1B
Kendrys Morales - DH Brian McCann - DH
Alex Gordon - LF Carlos Beltran - RF
Salvador Perez - C Aaron Hicks - CF
Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B Didi Gregorius - SS
Christian Colon - 2B Chase Headley - 3B
Jarrod Dyson - RF Austin Romine - C
Ian Kennedy - RHP Nathan Eovaldi - RHP