Todays lineup: Gardner 7 Jeter 6 Ellsbury 8 Teixeira 3 Beltran dh Headley 5 Drew 4 Prado 9 Cervelli 2 Greene RHP— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) August 2, 2014
Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury make up the top of the order, as usual. Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, and Chase Headley make up the middle of the order. Stephen Drew starts at second base for the second time in his career, while Martin Prado will get his first start for the Yankees in right. Francisco Cervelli is behind the plate, giving Brian McCann the day off.
In the wake of Peter O`Brien being traded to Arizona in exchange for Martin Prado, Greg Bird, the system's top first base prospect, has been promoted to Double-A Trenton. He will fill the void left by O`Brien, who served as the team's primary first baseman since moving out from behind the plate. While Bird hasn't been as impressive as he was last year, a difficult thing to do, he's still had a very good year, despite missing time with a back injury. He has hit .277/.375/.442 with 7 home runs and 45 walks in High-A Tampa at the age of 21 and will be far younger than the league average going forward. While this was a possibility, I assumed the Yankees would continue to give him one year at each level, like they did in 2013. Now that he's getting free reign to move up, Bird is definitely still the word.