Derek Jeter will be looking to start a new streak after his 11-game hitting streak ended last night with an 0-for-4 performance against the Boston Red Sox in the middle-game of the three-game set at Fenway Park this week.
The Yankees lost the game, 5-1, ending a short two-game skid, and now they'll be looking to start a new winning streak tonight in the final game against Boston before heading back home for a nine-game homestand that starts with the Los Angeles Angels tomorrow night.
Michael Pineda was the story of the game yet again after being ejected for having pine tar on the side of his neck. MLB announced today that he would be suspended 10 games for the incident, and reports say Pineda will not appeal, meaning he'll only miss two starts.
Being ejected in the 2nd inning, the Yankees needed to use four pitchers out of the bullpen, leaving manager Joe Girardi a little short-handed for tonight's game. However, the Yankees have called up pitcher Shane Greene and Bruce Billings. Both Dean Anna and Preston Claiborne are not listed on the lineup card.
If I'm reading things correctly, the Yankees will be playing with 24 players during Pineda's suspension, so the 2-for-2 swap with one spot left makes sense, since Pineda's spot is erased for 10 days.
The Yankees also moved Ivan Nova over to the 60-day DL, with his Tommy John surgery scheduled for Tuesday.
Tonight's lineup against Boston:
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann C
- Brett Gardner LF
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
Pitching matchup preview: CC Sabathia vs Felix Doubront
CC Sabathia has been in the big leagues a long time. He know the dos and don'ts, and that's why he won't be taking any pine tar out to the mound with him tonight when he faces the Red Sox in the series finale.
Tonight will be Sabathia second start of the season against the Sox. He first outing against them was almost two weeks ago, when he carried a shutout into the 6th inning before giving up homeruns to Mike Napoli and Grady Sizemore.
Overall, he's bee pitching very well since struggling to open the season. Sabathia found his form in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing just two runs over seven innings for the win.
He'll be going up against fellow left-hander Felix Doubront, who has begun to get into a groove after a rough start to the season. He took a loss to the Rangers on April 8 after allowing five runs on six hits in just 2 2/3 innings.
On Saturday against the Orioles, he surrendered two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings for a no-decision. He also struck out seven and walked two.
In an April 13 start against the Yankees, Doubront allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings for the loss.