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Yankees lineup vs. Royals - Ellsbury hurt; Kelley injury update

Ed Zurga

The Yankees will try to avoid losing the series to the Royals by throwing Vidal Nuno out to the mound.

The starting lineup has been tweaked around a bit with Jacoby Ellsbury getting a day off. Brett Gardner is the center fielder and leadoff hitter, while Derek Jeter remains glued to his two-spot in the lineup and Mark Teixeira bats third. The middle of the order contains Alfonso Soriano in right, Yangervis Solarte at third base, and Brian McCann behind the plate. Carlos Beltran, the designated hitter, is moved all the way down to seventh with Ichiro Suzuki in left and Brendan Ryan at second base. Has Brian Roberts finally lost his starting position, or is this just a day off?

Shawn Kelley will pitch one inning for the Scranton-Wilkes/Barre RailRiders tonight. If all goes well, he will return to the big league team during the coming west coast road trip this week.