After losing their last two games, the Yankees will hope that the third time's the charm against the White Sox as Vidal Nuno takes the mound.
#Yankees lineup: Gardner 7, Jeter 6, Ellsbury 8, Teixeira 3, Soriano DH, Solarte 5, Ichiro 9, Murphy 2, Ryan 4. Nuno P— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 24, 2014
Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury maintain their place at the top of the order. Mark Teixeira is back at first base, while Alfonso Soriano is the designated hitter, and Yangervis Solarte is at third base. Ichiro Suzuki is back in the lineup in right field, while John Ryan Murphy is behind the plate and Brendan Ryan is at second base.
Noticeably absent from today's game is Brian Roberts, who took a foul ball of the knee last night and looked to be hobbling around the diamond afterwards.He underwent precautionary tests last night, but the X-rays came back negative for any kind of serious damage. Roberts will likely take some time off to allow any swelling to subside, but any time he's out of the lineup you have to wonder if it's the last time we'll see him in 2014.
On the international front, it looks like the Yankees are close to signing South Korea's top shortstop prospect Hyo-Jun Park to a contract with a $1.1 million signing bonus. His name came up on PSA back in March when we first heard of the Yankees' interest:
The 17-year-old left-handed hitter can be described as a line drive hitter who is very smooth in the field. He doesn't have much power, but he obviously hasn't matured yet. There is some similarity to Hak-Ju Lee of the Tampa Bay Rays, who has hit .290/.364/.388 over five seasons in the minors.
It's good to see that the team is scouting all over the world.