The Yankees face a tough challenge over the next four games against the AL Central leaders, who added to their already impressive pitching rotation by acquiring David Price at the trade deadline. Tonight's series opener will feature Brandon McCarthy opposing Max Scherzer on the mound.
Tonight's lineup (Coverage begins at 6 on YES) Gardner LF Jeter SS Ellsbury CF Teixeira 1B Beltran DH McCann C Headley 3B Drew 2B Prado RF— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 4, 2014
This lineup looks like the one we have come to expect. Red-hot Brett Gardner leads off with Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury following behind. Steven Drew and Martin Prado, the newest Yankees, round out the lineup at the bottom. Hopefully this lineup that scored eight runs last night can keep it going against the reigning Cy Young award winner tonight.
David Phelps has been placed on the DL due to inflammation in his elbow, as reported after he exited last night's game. Matt Daley has been called up to replace him on the roster.
Girardi says phelps going to DL, wont pick up a baseball for two weeks. Had another mri, still just tendinitis. But needs time off.— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) August 4, 2014
In exciting prospect news, left-hander Ian Clarkin has been promoted from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa. This puts all three first rounders from 2013 at High-A in their first full professional seasons. This is very exciting news considering how poorly the farm system did a year ago. Aaron Judge, Eric Jagielo, and Clarkin could be big parts of the Yankees' future and it's very heartening to see them doing so well.
Congrats to my dude @iClarkin for getting called up to Tampa! Good luck!!— Gosuke Katoh (加藤豪将) (@GosukeKatoh) August 4, 2014
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