After the blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels Saturday night, the Yankees picked up a close win yesterday, holding on through the final innings to beat the Halos, 4-3. John Ryan Murphy hit his first Major League homerun, and David Robertson closed out his third save of the season, the first since coming off the DL on Tuesday.
Derek Jeter was in the lineup for the day game yesterday following the night game on Friday, and he collected his 21st hit of the year. In his final season, Jeter is hitting the ball pretty well. He's batting .292 this in 19 games this season, and has at least one hit in 16 of those games. It's easy to say that I'll take Jeter hitting like this all season and day of the week.
Jeter will also be in the lineup tonight, which is a little surprising, since it'll be his 5th consecutive day playing shortstop, and 6th straight game in the lineup, but I guess that with the Yankees having an off-day tomorrow, it's not a big deal putting him in the lineup, although it would be nice to give him two days off.
Brett Gardner, however, will not be in the lineup tonight against the right-hander Garrett Richards after being hit by a pitch on the top of his right foot in yesterday's game. X-rays on his foot came back negative, and there was a little bit of swelling. SO assuming everything is just fine, he'll be getting a pair of days off with the Seattle Mariners coming to town on Tuesday.
Updated lineup against Los Angeles:
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Brian McCann C
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Kelly Johnson 3B
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Ichiro Suzuki LF
Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the lineup because of soreness in his right shoulder. Brian Roberts takes over in the lineup playing second base and batting 8th. Solarte hurt the shoulder diving foe a ball in Friday night's loss, so hopefully with the off-day tomorrow, he'll be ready to go on Tuesday.
Pitching matchup preview: RHP Masahiro Tanaka vs RHP Garrett Richards
It'll be an interesting night for Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, as he makes hit fifth start of the season, coming off of another great outing this past week against the Boston Red Sox, in which he gave up just two runs in 7.1 innings, while striking out seven and walking none. He raised his strikeout-to-walk ratio to 35-2, the second base in baseball behind Cliff Lee (38-2).
Tanaka has gotten a chance to see some of the league's top hitters through his first four big league starts, and now he'll get a look at two more tonight, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.
"I've been playing in Japan for the past seven years, so to be honest with you, I'm not really familiar with basically any of the batters here," Tanaka told MLB.com.
"I can tell that they're really good batters, but the truth is, I haven't had the chance to face them yet, so it's hard to make any type of assessment. Looking at tape and film, yeah, they're really good."
Tanaka will be toeing off on the mound against the hard-throwing Angels righty Garrett Richards, who is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA this season.
Richards made him self known in the Angels' rotation last season, and now he's gotten off to a great start in 2014, striking out 24 batters in 25 innings. The strikeouts might not come as easy tonight, as the Yankees have only struck out 15 time in their last 125 at-bats.