Game 90: Yanks (45-44) @ Indians (44-45)

July, 9, 2014
7/09/14
6:53
PM ET
CLEVELAND -- The day started with Masahiro Tanaka on a plane back to New York for an MRI, continued with Carlos Beltran being scratched after fouling a ball off his own face during batting practice, and in between, it was revealed that Brett Gardner has been troubled by a lower abdominal strain that the Yankees suspected might have been a sports hernia (thankfully, it wasn't).

On top of that, Derek Jeter, who was supposed to have the day off, had to be hustled into the lineup to take Beltran's place as the DH.

And oh, yeah, tonight is Brandon McCarthy's Yankees debut.

So here's the lineup Joe Girardi came up with to face the Indians and RHP Josh Tomlin for Game 3 of this four-game series:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Jeter DH
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Zoilo Almonte LF
Zelous Wheeler 3B
Brendan Ryan SS

McCarthy RHP

One more thing: Yes, the Yankees have two starters in their lineup whose first names start with a Z tonight; Almonte was recalled from Triple-A Scranton before the game and will take Tanaka's roster spot.
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

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146