The Yankees have traveled to Baltimore for a three-game series against the division-leading Orioles after dropping two games to the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. Baltimore's offense has been on fire and the Yankees' has been, well, the opposite of that following a double digit outburst Friday night. New York will need to find a way to cool off those Orioles bats, and their pitchers have done a great job of limiting the damage against them as of late. Here's tonight's lineup:
#Yankees lineup for opener vs BAL: Gardner LF Jeter SS Ellsbury CF Teixeira 1B Beltran DH Headley 3B Drew 2B Prado RF Cervelli C Capuano P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 11, 2014
Francisco Cervelli subbing in for the DL'd Brian McCann and batting ninth is really the only change in the lineup. Chris Capuano will try to build off a strong start his last time out.
Michael Pineda will return to the Yankees' rotation on Wednesday in his first game since the pine tar incident that got him suspended. He'll get a real test in his return, starting the series finale against the Orioles. That moves Esmil Rogers back to the bullpen for the time being. Hopefully Pineda is healthy and ready, as he could be a huge boost down the stretch if he performs like he did at the beginning of the season.
Manny Banuelos has also been promoted to Triple-A in his road back from Tommy John surgery. The left-hander pitched 49 innings with the Trenton Thunder, mainly on a pitch count so that the team could use him as an option in September if they felt he was ready. Bumping him up to the next level seems like a good test, even if it is only back to the level he was at pre-surgery.
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