Brian McCann has played at first base just three times in his career, and tonight he'll be making his first career start at the position in the Yankees' final game in St. Louis before heading back home. Obviously that means Mark Teixeira, who is currently nursing a stiff wrist, will miss his third straight game, while John Ryan Murphy is behind the plate for tonight's game against the Cardinals.
Derek Jeter will also be on the bench for tonight's game after play the last eight days. With the off-day tomorrow, he'll be able to have a couple of days rest before the Yankees and Twins start a three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday.
The Yankees are looking to just get some runs on the board tonight after Lance Lynn held them to just five hits in his first career shutout, blanking the Yanks 6-0 to end their three-game winning streak. It was a pretty sloppy game all around for the Bombers, who committed two errors that helped the Cardinals to score four runs in the 3rd inning off David Phelps.
The Yankees' lineup, overall, looks pretty week, as I'm sure they're just hoping to get home as soon as possible after player over a week and a half on the road.
Tonight's lineup against St. Louis:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Brian McCann 1B
- John Ryan Murphy C
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
- Brendan Ryan SS
- Kelly Johnson 3B
- Hiroki Kuroda P
Pitching matchup preview:
It'll be Hiroki Kuroda on the hill for the Bombers tonight, and it will be critical of him to try to get deep into this game and save the bullpen that has put in a lot of work lately. Phelps was able to pitch six innings last night, but the Yankees have still be ranked one of the worst teams this season in terms of getting innings from their starting pitchers.
Kuroda, though, has not been the workhorse pitcher that he was the past couple of seasons with the Yankees, as he has really been struggling throughout the first two months of the season -- a struggle that has carried over from the last two months of the 2013 season.
The White Sox knocked Kuroda around for four runs (two earned) on eight hits, as the right-hander only lasted 4 2/3 innings against the Chicago last week.
The Cardinals will be throwing another hard-throwing right-hander in Shelby Miller at the Yankees tonight. Miller only lasted five innings in his most recent outing, giving up four runs for the second time this season.