After a rainout yesterday, the Yankees and Pirates play their first game today and will then play a doubleheader tomorrow.
Yankees vs. Pirates today at 4:05 on FOX. Pregame on @YESNetwork at 3:00 pic.twitter.com/ZlGBfTnuYe— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) May 17, 2014
Today's lineup looks mostly familiar. Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury are at the top of the order. Mark Teixeira will bat cleanup with Brian McCann behind the plate and Alfonso Soriano in right field while Carlos Beltran is on the disabled list. Yangervis Solarte is playing third base while Kelly Johnson serves as the DH, and Brian Roberts bats ninth.
Ellsbury has been scratched with flu-like symptoms, so here's the new lineup:
Revised #Yankees lineup: Gardner 8, Jeter 6, Tex 3, McCann 2, Soriano 9, Solarte 5, Johnson DH, Roberts 4, Almonte 7.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 17, 2014
Gardner is shifted to center field, while everyone moves up one in order to fit Zoilo Almonte in left and batting ninth.
Yankees prospect Abiatal Avelino has been placed on the disabled list after he pulled his quad running to first base. He's expected to miss about a month of action while he rests his leg. The 19-year-old shortstop has hit .294/.349/.387 with 11 stolen bases so far for the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs. Despite his age and level, he's considered to be the organization's top shortstop prospect and the No. 18 in the entire system overall, according to MLB.com. While he is out, 2013 draftee Tyler Wade will take his place as starting shortstop. Wade is considered to be just below Avelino on the shortstop depth chart, and the two were previously sharing playing time in the field and as designated hitter, so Charleston will be lucky enough to replace talent with more talent.