- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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Mark Reynolds is at first and batting eighth. Reynolds hit 15 home runs in the first half and had an OPS of .693, did not hit a homer in 10 second-half games and has an OPS of.535. The Cleveland Indians let him go and the New York Yankees have picked him up to platoon with Lyle Overbay.
"I just got into a bad skid and it just kept going," Reynolds said. "But I’m happy to be here now. It’s great just to get out there and relax and just play some ball. Try to turn my season around."
Reynolds said that if Kevin Youkilis had chosen the Indians, then he thinks he would have signed with New York this past offseason.
PRESTON OPTIONED: Preston Claiborne was optioned because the Yankees felt they needed some length in the pen with this series and then Tuesday's day/night doubleheader with Toronto. Why Claiborne over the struggling Joba Chamberlain? Claiborne has options.
JETER ON TUESDAY: Joe Girardi seemed pessimistic that Derek Jeter will return from the DL on Tuesday.
"I don’t know," Girardi said. "It might be pushing it. We’ll go day-by-day. Today is already Friday. He has not necessarily played in a simulated game or anything of that nature, so we’ll just have to see. For me it’s as soon as we can get him.”
CRUZ OUT OF CONTROL: Luis Cruz was designated for assignment.