Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup again, and probably won't be back on the field until Tuesday, at the earliest. Teixeira left Saturday's win over the Twins after the 5th inning because of soreness in his right wrist. Teixeira received a cortisone shot in his wrist after the game, and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
So with Teixeira out, Kelly Johnson will put his first base back on today for the Yankees in the series finale against the Twins at Yankee Stadium. With Johnson at first, Yangervis Solarte slots back over to third base after starting yesterday's game at second. Derek Jeter returns to the shortstop position after DHing yesterday, while Brian Roberts is also back in the lineup at second base.
There isn't a ton different with the structure of the lineup. Brett Gardner, Jeter, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann are the 1-4 with Solarte 5th and Ichiro batting behind him. Zoilo Almonte will the start as the DH today, batting ninth.
The Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak to the Twins with their win yesterday, and are now trying to take the series in the rubber match today.
Today's lineup against Minnesota:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Brian McCann C
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Kelly Johnson 1B
- Zoilo Almonte DH
Pitching matchup preview:
Phil Hughes will take the mound today at Yankee Stadium for the first time this season, expect he's not wearing pinstripes, but rather the road grays for the Twins. Hughes left New York this past offseason, signing with the Twins on a three-year, $24 million after coming up through the Yankees' farm system as the next best thing. He failed to ever developed into the ace they hoped he would be, and the Yanks eventually gave up on him.
After ending his Yankees career going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 2013, Hughes has been much better so far this season for the Twins, as he enters his start today 5-1 with a 3.23 ERA.
"I feel pretty good with my mechanics right now," said Hughes. "I've been trying to just simplify things, staying over the rubber. I feel like I never really get out of my delivery too much, which has enabled me to throw a lot of strikes, get ahead of guys, and that's where the control stuff comes from."
For the Yankees, they'll be sending one of their new pitching prospects, Chase Whitley, to the mound on Sunday for his fourth Major League start this season since coming up in mid-May.
Through his first three starts, Whitley has thrown the ball pretty well. He hasn't earned himself a decision yet, but his 2.57 ERA should speak to how good he's look. He tossed 91 pitches -- a season-high across both the minors and major leagues -- while pitching five scoreless inning before things fell apart in the 6th when he gave up three runs to the St. Louis Cardinals.