I really don't want to talk about what happened last night at Tropicana Field, so we'll just go right into today's game preview.
The Yankees are coming off of a terrible loss, in which that not only lost the game by 15 runs, but they lost starting pitcher Ivan Nova for possibly the rest of the season. Nova left the game in the 5th inning last night with what the Yankees called "elbow soreness," but was diagnosed this morning with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Nova will see the Yankees' team doctor on Monday to determine whether or not Tommy John surgery will be needed to fix the issue.
For now, Nova will be placed on the DL today, and on the opposite end, Mark Teixeira will be coming off the DL, as he is back in the lineup for the first time since April 6th in Toronto because of a Grade 1 hamstring strain.
Other roster moves to be aware for today's game: Scott Sizemore was sent back down to Triple-A Scranton, and right-handed pitchers Preston Claiborne and Bryan Mitchell have been called up from the minors, as reported last night, to take the places of Sizemore and Matt Daley, who was designated for assignment this morning, the Yankees just announced.
Today's lineup against Tampa Bay:
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Brett Gardner LF
- Brian Roberts 2B
- John Ryan Murphy C
Pitching matchup preview: Vidal Nuno vs Cesar Ramos
Vidal Nuno gets the ball for the Yankees today as they look to get back on track after losing the last two games of this series by a combined score of 30-6. The Yankees entered Friday night's game on a six-game winning streak, but have looked like they forgot how to play baseball since then.
Nuno will be making his first start with the Yankees since May 30th of last season, which was in the second game of a doublheader against the Cleveland Indians. He's made three relief appearances so far this season, and didn't up a run in the first two before allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings to the Baltimore Orioles on April 8th.
With Nova going on the DL, Nuno will have a great chance today to make his case to stick around in the starting rotation a little longer than just today.
He and the Yankees will be going up against left-hander Cesar Ramon, who is trying to put the Rays' winning streak up to three games with a win over the Bombers today.
Ramos started against the Reds on April 13, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks in two-plus innings.
"It definitely feels good [to get a second start]," Ramos told MLB.com. "It was pretty bad, but I'm thankful for another opportunity, and I'd like to take advantage of it this time."