BOSTON -- Now that the drama of Jacoby Ellsbury's return to February is in the rear-view mirror, we can look forward to just baseball -- albeit, baseball Fenway Park, Yankees-Red Sox style -- tonight for Game 2 of this three-game series.
Here's tonight's Yankees lineup that will face RHP John Lackey:
Derek Jeter SS
Michael Pineda RHP
NOTES: This is Pineda's first start against the Red Sox since Tar-gate, the night the NESN cameras caught a suspicious substance on the palm of his right hand at Yankee Stadium as he was holding Boston to one run on four hits over six-plus innings. Since then, Pineda went clean-palm against the Cubs and threw six shutout innings April 16 at Yankee Stadium. You can bet the cameras will be trained on his right hand throughout this one tonight. ... Gardner will play right field for the first time in the major leagues tonight, a move Girardi said was due to the huge right field here at Fenway. Gardner worked out a little in right during spring training and said previously had not been out there since spring training 2007, when then-manager Joe Torre asked him, "Hey, kid, can you play right?" Of course, his answer was "Of course." ... Yangervis Solarte, who has played in 19 of the Yankees' first 20 games, is getting his first night off since Opening Day. Solarte is mired in a mild slump -- 0-for-his-last-14 -- but Girardi praised him for making two excellent plays at third base in Tuesday's 9-3 win. ... Girardi said Brendan Ryan, who has not played this season due to a cervical spine nerve injury, is back to a full slate of baseball activities down in Tampa but is not likely to be ready to re-join the team for another week to 10 days. ... Prior to the April 10 game at Yankee Stadium, Pineda had last faced the Red Sox on July 24, 2011, as a Seattle Mariner, and got beat up, allowing seven earned runs in 4-1/3 innings. ... Yankees old and new love hitting against Lackey, who is 10-11 with a 4.99 ERA against them in 28 career starts. Gardner is 11-for-34 (.324) vs. him, Teixeira is 23-for-73 (.315) with two home runs, Jeter is 23-for-83 (.277) with one home run, and McCann hit two home runs in his first three at-bats against Lackey on April 12 at Yankee Stadium, a 7-4 Yankees victory.