Game 9: Yankees (4-4) vs. Orioles (3-5)

April, 9, 2014
NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka plays the Bronx tonight, getting his first start at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees try to take the rubber game of this three-game series against the Orioles, first pitch at 7:05. Here's the lineup:

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury DH
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Yangervis Solarte 3B

Tanaka RHP

Ellsbury is getting his first DH day after playing seven of the first eight games of the season in center field. Girardi said he was not planning to rest Ellsbury at all in the Yankees' opening stretch of 13 games without a day off. ... David Robertson, on the DL with a groin strain, played catch before the game briefly and said all went well. No schedule yet for him to resume throwing off a mound. ... Girardi said the Yankees will carry 13 pitchers through this opening stretch, hence the decision to send Austin Romine down to Scranton and promote hard-throwing righty reliever Shane Greene. ... Girardi said Vidal Nuno, a starter by trade, is unavailable to pitch again until Saturday at the earliest after working 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 14-5 loss to the Orioles. ... All of the Yankees' first eight games this season have been decided by the sixth inning. They are 4-0 when leading after six, 0-4 when trailing after six.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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Jacoby Ellsbury
.271 16 70 71
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146