Game 32: Yankees (18-13) @ Rockies (19-13)

May, 8, 2013
5/08/13
7:19
PM ET
DENVER -- Look closely at the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out tonight against the Rockies and their right-handed starter, Juan Nicasio:

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Chris Nelson 3B
David Phelps RHP
Austin Romine C

Yes, you read that correctly. Girardi is going all Tony La Russa on us. I'll spell out all his reasons in the blog shortly but it has to do with not stacking his lefties for late-in-the-game pitching changes, as well as getting an extra hitter in the lineup (Romine) in front of Cano.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.286 8 47 47
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 61
OPSB. Gardner .780
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135