You don't need me to tell you that the Yankees are currently in a bad way. They trail Baltimore by 9.5 games for the division, and sit five games back of the second wild card. To make the playoffs, they'd have to outplay the Indians, Mariners, and Tigers the rest of the way. That's with the majority of their games coming against fellow AL East teams, which have given them fits all season. Losing to the last place Red Sox last night in embarrassing fashion was not the way to kick off September if the Yankees hope to make any kind of noise down the stretch. Losing any series at this point would be pretty much nailing their postseason coffin shut. To avoid that, they'll have to find a way to win tonight.
#Yankees lineup vs Red Sox: Ellsbury CF, Jeter SS, Gardner LF, Beltran DH, Teixeira 1B, McCann C, Headley 3B, Drew 2B, Ichiro RF, Kuroda P— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 3, 2014
Martin Prado is missing from the lineup after exiting last night's game with an injury. He has been diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain and is considered day-to-day. Joe Girardi hopes that Prado will be able to return in a couple days. With the offense sputtering and Prado's bat being one of the few hot ones as of late, the team will certainly have to hope it doesn't turn into a longer absence. Ichiro Suzuki takes over in right field without Prado while the rest of the lineup remains pretty untouched.
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