So, some moves were made today which have allowed Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira to be activated and placed onto the active roster. Vidal Nuno and Ivan Nova were both optioned to Triple A. Youkilis is the DH tonight, batting second and Teixeira is playing first and batting third.
And how are they being welcomed back into the Yankee lineup? By facing Jon Lester of the Red Sox while the team is in the midst of a five-game losing streak. It should be interesting to see how much better the lineup performs with them back.
Hopefully, the Yankees get something going. The offense has been stagnant this week and a big key will be drawing some walks. The Yankees haven't done that since Monday. Think about that. They didn't draw a walk in three whole games. They also made a couple of not-so-great starters - Jeremy Hefner and Dillon Gee - look like Cy Young winners.
Again, they're facing Lester tonight, who so far this season is 6-1 with a 3.34 ERA.
For the Yankees, CC Sabathia will be on the hill facing a Red Sox lineup that will be without Jacoby Ellsbury who was scratched with a groin injury. Will the Red Sox miss the guy who stole five bases in a win against Philadelphia last night? We shall see. Jackie Bradley Jr. was called up and will be starting in Ellbury's place.
For Sabathia, this season has been frustrating and while he hasn't quite been himself and has yet to put everything together for a solid start, he hasn't been awful. He's currently 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA (Not very Sabathia-like but not as atrocious as someone else could be with velocity and control issues)
Last time out though his velocity seemed to come back a bit. He was hitting 94. The key for tonight him will be location. He hasn't had an easy time when facing Boston during his tenure in pinstripes.
Here are the lineups in case you missed them earlier:
RED SOX Nava LF Gomes RF Pedroia 2B Ortiz DH Napoli 1B Drew SS Ross C Bradley Jr. CF Iglesias 3B
YANKEES Gardner CF Youkilis DH Cano 2B Teixeira 1B Wells LF Nix SS Adams 3B Ichiro RF Stewart C
And here's my song dedication to Youk and Tex (I'm totally dating myself with this one):