Following last night's rain out, the Yankees and Mariners are ready to get back on the field with the storms out of the way. Thankfully, the teams opted not to play a doubleheader today, saving the pitching staff for the upcoming west coast road trip.
The Yankees lost the first game of this series on Monday, 6-3. CC Sabathia ran into another big inning that hurt him, giving up four runs on the 5th, costing the Yankees a victory.
The story, of course, is still the fact that Robinson Cano is making his first visit to the Bronx as a member of the Mariners. Cano received a very loud and long rain of boos from the crowd that came up several times throughout the game when Cano was either batter and made a play in the field.
A one point, the Bleacher Creatures gave Cano a roll call, then followed by chanting "YOU SOLD OUT," which was very, very absurd coming from the fans of a team that spends more money on players than anybody else.
Trust me, I understand why you might be mad at the guy, but that still doesn't make it right to disrespect him like that.
Tonight's lineup vs Seattle:
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann C
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Brett Gardner LF
- Brian Roberts 2B
Yes, Ellsbury is back in the lineup after missing Tuesday night's game because of a sore left hand. Ellsbury has been one of the team's best hitters so far this season, so it's great to have him and his speed back at the top of the lineup.
Pitching matchup preview: Hiroki Kuroda vs Roenis Elias
Rather than pushing the entire rotation back a start, the Yankees are skipping over David Phelps, who was suppose to start last night, and are giving the ball to Hiroki Kuroda in the series finale tonight at 7:05 pm.
Kuroda, who the Yankees were counting on to have a good season after last year's hot start, has been the complete opposite of a reliable starter through his first handful of starts this season.
Kuroda lasted a season-low 4 2/3 innings in his previous outing on Friday when he surrendered eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits in a 13-1 loss to the Angels.
Kuroda, 39, is 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA in five starts this season, and is 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA in five career starts against Seattle.
As for the Mariners, though, that decided not to skip over Roenis Elias' start, and will send him to the mound tonight. With Elias starting, the Yankees won't have to face Felix Hernandez this series, which is always great, great news.
Elias is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA in five outings this season and will be making his first start against the Yankees. He gave up five hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rangers in his last outing.