In the final game of this four game series against the Pale Hose, the Yankees are going to be without two of their key offensive players. Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup and is day-to-day with the same sore shoulder that took him out of last night’s game. It’s not a long term concern, but it’s always good to give guys an extra day of rest when they’re banged up this early in the season. Derek Jeter, on the other hand, is presumably out of the lineup just to get some rest. The Cap’n has eight hits in his last 20 at-bats to go along with three walks and just two strikeouts, so he’s starting to show some signs of life.
If the Yankees need to sacrifice offense in the name of good health, today is a good day to it. They have their ace on the mound, and the White Sox have Ramon Castro, Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel, and Brent Lillibridge batting in consecutive lineup spots. CC Sabathia is coming off a fantastic outing against the Orioles over the weekend, the game that started this run of excellent starting pitching. I’m sure the big guy will keep it going. Here’s the lineup…
CC Sabathia, SP
The weather was anything but great in the Tri-State Area today, though it looks like it’s cleared enough to start the game on time and play it without interruption. You can watch on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.
Phil Hughes Update: St. Phil is going to visit a specialist in St. Louis on Monday to determine if he actually has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Brian Cashman compared the ongoing health saga to an episode of House, though hopefully not one of the new episodes that’s more about relationships than medicine. WTF is that about.