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Yankees lineup vs. Orioles - Hiroki Kuroda back in the rotation; Masahiro Tanaka feels no more pain

Greg Fiume

Michael Pineda finally returns to the mound tonight in order to take on the Orioles and hopefully save this team from the brink. The Yankees designated Chris Leroux for assignment in order to place Pineda onto the 40-man roster.

Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury are at the top of the lineup, like always. Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran follow, while Chase Headley plays third base, Stephen Drew plays second, and Martin Prado is in right. With Brian McCann on the disabled list with a concussion, Francisco Cervelli remains behind the plate and bats ninth.

Just one day after announcing the week's starting rotation, it appears that things have been changed again. Hiroki Kuroda was due to be skipped over the next time his turn to pitch was up, but now he will be pitching Sunday against the Rays. Chris Capuano now seems to be out of the rotation for the time being. This is all very weird. Not sure why they wouldn't announce this yesterday or why Girardi specifically stated he would be skipped if he was just going to be put into the rotation after the fact.

Masahiro Tanaka was again playing catch in the outfield before today's game and it appears he no longer feels any pain in his right elbow.