Game 59: Yankees (29-29) vs. A's (37-22)

June, 5, 2014
Jun 5
12:17
PM ET
NEW YORK -- The Yankees will try to avoid being swept by the Oakland A's by sending ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. Here is the lineup that will try to support Tanaka.

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

Notes: With lefty Drew Pomeranz on the mound, McCann is batting seventh in the lineup for the first time. The move was made possible by the return of Beltran.

Girardi said that bating McCann seventh is just the plan right now against lefties.

"I think his at-bats were much better in the month of May than they were in April," Girardi said. "He walked more. It is just that we are facing a lefty today. It is not where I plan to hit him against right-handers."

In April, McCann's OPS was .620. In May, it was .720. His career OPS is .816.

Overall, McCann is hitting .229 with seven homers and 24 RBIs.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .293
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 59
OPSJ. Ellsbury .778
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135