The Yankees take on the Royals in a makeup game from June 9 as Michael Pineda gets another shot at re-establishing himself on the mound.
#Yankees lineup vs Royals: Ellsbury CF, Jeter SS, McCann C, Beltran DH, Drew 2B, Prado LF, Headley 1B, Ichiro RF, Wheeler 3B, Pineda P.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 25, 2014
Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira are still out of today's lineup, however it appears that neither should be anything to worry about, though Tex is out with a tight hamstring. Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the lineup with Derek Jeter and Brian McCann at the top of the order. Carlos Beltran is back out as the DH while Stephen Drew is at second base and Martin Prado is in left field. Chase Headley gets another shot at first base with Ichiro Suzuki in right and Zelous Wheeler at third base to round out the offense.
Two Yankees farmhands have been suspended for breaking the minor league baseball drug rules:
#Yankees farmhands Bo Thompson and Andy Beresford both suspended 50 games for positive tests for amphetamines, per press release.— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) August 25, 2014
While in the majors, a first time amphetamines offense wouldn't hurt much, but in the minors it means a 50-game suspension.
Beresford was drafted in the 19th round of last year's draft. In that time he has compiled a 2.67 ERA with an ugly 5.3 K/9, but solid 1.9 BB/9 in 91.0 innings between the bullpen and rotation. He'd reached as far as Low-A Charleston before the suspension. Thompson was just taken this year in the 13th round of the 2014 draft, starting out in Staten Island before struggling and getting pushed down to rookie ball. The first baseman was hitting .182/.369/.232 on the year before the suspension.