Game 106: Yanks (54-51) @ Rangers (42-64)

July, 29, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup from an eight-day absence, Jacoby Ellsbury is back from one night off, and Brian McCann is back behind the plate, which means tonight's Yankees lineup looks a little more normal than the ones we've been seeing lately.

Here's the team Joe Girardi is sending out against the Rangers and right-handed starter Nick Martinez tonight:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Zoilo Almonte RF
Brendan Ryan 2B

Brandon McCarthy RHP

Notes: Joe Girardi said he sees some signs of fatigue in Brian Roberts, hence Ryan at second base tonight. Girardi said he would likely give Roberts, who has just two hits in his last 17 at-bats, "a couple of days off." . . . Same for the also-slumping Ichiro Suzuki (3-for-his-last-22), which is why Almonte is starting in right . . . Girardi said he expects Kelly Johnson (groin strain) to come off the DL when he is eligible on August 7. Johnson is likely to play a couple of rehab games before being reactivated . . . McCarthy, making his fourth start as a Yankee, is 3-5 with a 4.41 ERA against Texas in 11 career starts, and 1-3, 5.97 in Arlington . . . Martinez, a product of the Bronx and Fordham University, threw 5 1/3 scoreless, three-hit innings vs. the Yankees on July 22 at Yankee Stadium in his only career start against the Yankees. That game was eventually won by the Yankees, 2-1, in 14 innings. . . . The Rangers will honor Derek Jeter before tomorrow night's series finale, Jeter's last game in Arlington.
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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Masahiro Tanaka
13 2.77 141 136
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146