Game 18: Yankees (10-7) at Rays (8-9)

April, 19, 2014
Apr 19
6:51
PM ET
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi had said all weekend he would be giving Derek Jeter a day off in one of the four games on the turf here.

Well, with tough righty Chris Archer going for the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, this is that day. Girardi is sitting Jeter and will use him in Sunday afternoon's series finale against lefty Cesar Ramos. (Jeter has never faced Archer and is 1-for-3 versus Ramos.)

Here is the lineup Girardi is sending out against Archer on Saturday:

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

Ivan Nova, RHP

NOTES: Before his first game back after involuntarily vaulting over a side wall chasing a foul ball Thursday, Beltran said he feels "100 percent better" than he did Friday, when he sat out. Still, Girardi chose to put Beltran at DH rather than have him play the field. ... Both Mark Teixeira and David Robertson played in an extended spring game Saturday morning at Steinbrenner Field and both came out OK. Typically, Girardi would not commit to reactivating Teixeira for Sunday's game, but Girardi said, "Obviously we feel that he’s ready to go. We’ll talk about it tonight. I want to talk to him when he gets here, see how he’s feeling and then we’ll go from there.” ... Brendan Ryan, on the other hand, had a minor setback. Ryan was supposed to play Saturday morning, too, but after reporting some hamstring soreness, was told to take some simulated at-bats instead. "Hopefully next week he'll be back in games," Girardi said. ... Anna is getting his first start since the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. ... Girardi said that aside from Adam Warren, who threw 32 pitches in his one inning Friday, his entire bullpen is available Saturday -- all except Vidal Nuno, who is starting Sunday. ... Righty Matt Daley, who was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre late Saturday night after Cesar Cabral was designated for assignment, arrived at Tropicana Field around 3 p.m. and is available Saturday, as well. ...David Phelps, who got hit by a line drive Friday, just above his right hip, is OK and available to pitch Saturday if needed. ... Girardi still seemed steamed about home plate umpire Joe West's ejection of Cabral on Friday, after Cabral hit three Rays in the eighth inning. "He said he didn't think he was trying to hit them on purpose," Girardi said of West. "I don't know how you fine him, then. I’ve never seen a guy thrown out when they didn’t feel there was intent. And I’ll just leave it at that." ... Girardi said the decision to designate Cabral, which essentially ends his Yankees career, was made because the team needed to call up a pitcher for Saturday and Sunday. “It’s tough," Girardi said. "You feel for the kid. He’s given you everything he’s got, and he had some command issues last night. We just got put in kind of a tough situation, so we made a move.” Reporters interviewing Girardi immediately after Friday's game noticed general manager Brian Cashman trying to call Girardi on his cellphone several times during the brief media session. Cabral was summoned into Girardi's office shortly thereafter.
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
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 22
RBIB. McCann 71
RB. Gardner 84
OPSB. Gardner .760
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOM. Tanaka 139