Game 87: Kuroda v. Nolasco

I know that David Robertson and Dellin Betances had pitched on both Thursday and Friday, but it was nevertheless incredibly frustrating to see Matt Thornton on the mound in extra innings; particularly against so many right-handed batters. Granted, it was Francisco Cervelli's error that gave the Twins the win - but Thornton gave up a great deal of hard contact, and was bailed out by strong defense more than once. The Yankees do not have an off-day until the All-Star Break, so it will be interesting to see how Joe Girardi manages the ailing lineup and overworked bullpen over the next week. If last night was any indication, the team may need to scavenge another bullpen arm from somewhere - be it from within the organization, or on the market.

And, for those of you who are similarly experiencing feelings of surreal joy at the Vidal Nuno for Brandon McCarthy deal, I will be hosting a party sometime in the near future.

New York Yankees Minnesota Twins
Brett Gardner, LF Brian Dozier, 2B
Derek Jeter, SS Eduardo Nunez, SS
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Chris Parmelee, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Josh Willingham, LF
Carlos Beltran, DH Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Brian Roberts, 2B Kurt Suzuki, C
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Francisco Cervelli, C Chris Colabello, DH
Kelly Johnson, 3B Sam Fuld, CF
Hiroki Kuroda, SP Ricky Nolasco, SP

The lineup was shuffled again but this time it was because of McCann's foot feeling better.

Gardner LF, Jeter SS, Ellsbury CF, Teixeira 1B, McCann C, Beltran DH, Roberts 2B, Ichiro RF, Johnson 3B