Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup tonight as the Yankees return home to the Bronx to open up a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins. Teixeira missed the past three games in St. Louis because of some inflammation in his right wrist, the one that he had surgery on almost a year ago. The Yankees will surely be happy to have Teixeira back in the lineup for tonight's game, as he has been their best power hitter this season.
As for the rest of the Yankees' lineup, which you can see below, Brett Gardner is leading off yet again with Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury following him. John Ryan Murphy is behind the plate again tonight, expect he's not batting fifth this time -- that'll be Brian McCann, who is DHing tonight.
Ichiro gets the start over Alfonso Soriano in right field, as he has been swinging the bat pretty well in his limited amount of playing time this season.
Eduardo Nunez is making his first trip to the Bronx since the Yankees designated him for assignment just before the season began. Nunez was eventually traded to the Twins, and after starting out with their Triple-A team, he's found his way to the big leagues in Minnesota.
Tonight's lineup vs Minnesota:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann DH
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- John Ryan Murphy C
Carlos Beltran took batting practice on the field today and told reporters that he felt no discomfort in his right elbow. He believes that surgery will not be required, which is some good news. And Shawn Kelley threw off the mound today for the first time since landing on the DL, and felt all good there, too.
Pitching matchup preview:
Vidal Nuno has never faced the Twins before in his career, and Ricky Nolasco has never faced the Yankees before in his career. So this'll be interesting or both pitchers.
Nuno is coming off of his longest outing of the season, having held the Chicago White Sox to three runs over seven innings on 101 pitches last week. He's usually been around the five-inning range since moving to the rotation earlier in the season. The Yankees have been trying to stretch him out before making him throw a ton of innings, and he seems to be getting to the point where he can go deep into games now.
Nolasco has not been great during his first season in a Twins uniform. After posting a 6.67 ERA in April, the right-hander has a 5.58 ERA in the month of May. He struggled against the San Francisco Giants in his last start, allowing seven runs on nine hits and a walk over just 4 2/3 innings.