After an embarrassingly bad game last night, the Yankees will hope they have better luck this afternoon. Unfortunately, thanks to the doubleheader, Vidal Nuno will be starting and will be kept at a 75-pitch limit. That means the Yankees will have to make sure they have a strong and rested bullpen behind him. Monday's off-day can't come fast enough.
The lineup: Ellsbury 8 Jeter 6 Beltran 9 Soriano DH Teixeira 3 Solarte 5 Gardner 7 Roberts 4 Murphy 2 Nuno 1. Claiborne, Mitchell up— Erik Boland (@eboland11) April 20, 2014
Jacoby Ellsbury will stay in the leadoff spot with Derek Jeter returning to the lineup and batting behind him. Carlos Beltran is back in the outfield and should be all rested after his tumble over the wall, while Alfonso Soriano hits cleanup as the DH. Mark Teixeira finally returns to the lineup and takes over for Kelly Johnson & Co at first base. Yangervis Solarte stays at third while Brett Gardner drops down to seventh in the lineup. Brian Roberts will be the second baseman and John Ryan Murphy will get the start behind the plate with Brian McCann getting a day off.
To make room for Mark Teixeira on the roster, Ivan Nova has been moved to the disabled list with a partially torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament. To make room for bullpen reinforcements Preston Claiborne and Bryan Mitchell, Matt Daley, who was just called up yesterday, and Scott Sizemore, who let it be known that he does indeed still have an option left, were both sent down to Triple-A. We could still see other moves soon, depending on what they want to do with Nuno after his start, who they want to replace Nova in the rotation, and whether or not he needs to be added to the 60-day disabled list. Right now this roster is a bit of a mess.
Another day, another DFA: today it's Matt Daley's turn. Sizemore optioned to Scranton— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) April 20, 2014
So long, Daley. Who's up next?