Mark Teixeira is back in the Yankees' lineup tonight, batting fourth and playing first base, after missing the past three games because of soreness in his right wrist. Teixeira received a cortisone shot in his wrist after leaving Saturday's game against the Twins, so it seems like the shot has kicked in.
Teixeira will be joined in the lineup by Scott Sizemore, who was called up from Triple-A Scranton on Tuesday as the Yankees come into a series in which they will face two left-handed starters. Sizemore is at third base tonight, as Yangervis Solarte is at second base, with Kelly Johnson on the bench.
As a corresponding move, the Yankees sent down Zoilo Almonte, who was called up a couple of weeks ago when Carlos Beltran was placed on the DL. Almonte didn't really have roll with the team after being called up, so they probably won't miss him.
As for the rest of the lineup that will welcome the Oakland Athletics to town tonight, Brian McCann is getting the night off while John Ryan Murphy is behind the plate to catch Hiroki Kuroda. Solarte is the No. 5 hitter tonight behind Teixeira, and Alfonso Soriano is in right field.
The Athletics ride into town with a 4.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West and enter tonight on a three-game winning streak. As one of the best teams in baseball, they have a run differential of +115.
Tonight's lineup vs Oakland:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter DH
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Yangervis Solarte 2B
- Alfonso Soriano RF
- Scott Sizemore 3B
- John Ryan Murphy C
- Brendan Ryan SS
Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-5 with double and caught five innings in an extended spring training game today in Tampa. He plans to play in another spring game tomorrow.
Carlos Beltran also participated in a spring game today, going 2-for-3 with a walk. He also expects to play in another spring game tomorrow, and could possibly join the team up north in New York after that game.
The Yankees announced that they have claimed LHP Wade LeBlanc off of waivers from the Angels, and transferred Michael Pineda over to the 60-day DL to make room for LeBlanc on the 40-man roster.
Pitching matchup preview:
The Yankees hand Hiroki Kuroda the ball tonight, and will be looking for him to get deep into the game, which he hasn't been doing much this season after a very good first half to the 2013 season. He's hasn't it pitched at least six innings in his last two starts.
Kuroda only lasted 5 2/3 innings last time around, giving up three runs on nine hits to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Oakland will send Scott Kazmir to the mound, and he is coming off of his first complete-game in almost eight years after giving up one run to the Tigers last Wednesday. The left-hander has allowed more then three runs just once in his last 11 starts.