Tonight's lineup: Gardner 8 ichiro 9 Cano 4 hafner dh Almonte 7 Overbay 3 Stewart 2 Adams 5 gonzalez 6 Hughes— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 2, 2013
Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki are at the top of the lineup again and Travis Hafner is batting cleanup because we're facing a righty. Robinson Cano is batting .480/.552/.880 over the last week, so he is on fire right now. Zoilo Almonte is batting high in the batting order at 5th after collecting three hits last night. Alberto Gonzalez is playing shortstop in place of Jayson Nix, who gets a rare day off. Good thing, since he's batted .143/.226/.321 in the last week.
The Yankees are hoping that Derek Jeter is now only a week behind Alex Rodriguez in his injury rehab. Jeter has starting taking batting practice and is running the bases, while A-Rod is set to start his first rehab game at Low-A Charleston tonight. A-Rod is lined up to be ready to return somewhere between late July and early August, so Jeter could return in August and give the Yankees a boost in their stretch for a playoff spot.
Mark Teixeira had season ending surgery on his wrist yesterday and will be healed in time for the 2014 season. The Yankees will need to acquire some kind of upgrade at first base Lyle Overbay and his .221/.264/.353 line over the last month is not going to cut it for a playoff contender.