The Yankees look to secure at least a split of their four-game series against the Tigers with a victory tonight, but it won't be that easy with Chris Capuano facing Justin Verlander. No, Verlander isn't having the season we've come to expect of him...but Capuano doesn't exactly inspire all of the confidence in the world in going up against a former Cy Young winner and MVP. Here is the lineup that Verlander will need to contend with.
#Yankees lineup vs DET: Gardner LF Jeter SS Ellsbury CF Teixeira 1B Beltran DH McCann C Headley 3B Drew 2B Prado RF Capuano P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 6, 2014
Pretty much exactly as it has been since the acquisitions of Stephen Drew and Martin Prado. For those who wanted Joe Girardi to go with a more consistent lineup day in and day out, it seems as though your wish has been granted.
In somewhat surprising news this afternoon, Michael Pineda was seen throwing a bullpen session at Yankee Stadium. Pineda was set to start a rehab game on Friday which would likely be his last step before rejoining the team. With Friday now open for a spot start with David Phelps on the DL, it looks like the team may be setting up Pineda to return a bit ahead of schedule. The alternative starter would likely be Esmil Rogers. Despite the fact that Brian Cashman said that he did not consider Pineda an option for this Friday's start, Pineda throwing at Yankee Stadium could very well suggest otherwise.
Orrrrr it doesn't mean anything at all!
Pineda just told me he's pitching in Scranton Friday night, pitch limit of 80, could be final rehab start before return— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) August 6, 2014
Rogers it is then, I guess.
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