BOSTON -- As we enter the final third of the season, we see the probable Yankees defensive alignment for the rest of the way, barring another deal. That means Martin Prado in right, Stephen Drew at second and Ichiro Suzuki back on the bench. The batting order, however, is probably still a work in progress. Can't imagine that Prado will hit behind Drew on a regular basis.
Here's the lineup for this afternoon's game against the Red Sox and RHP Allen Webster:
Derek Jeter SS
Shane Greene RHP
NOTES: This is the second time in the past four days that Joe Girardi has used Cervelli rather than Brian McCann behind the plate, and that's with an off-day Thursday. But Girardi said it's only because "Cervy" and "Greenie" have worked well together so far -- Cervelli has caught all four of Greene's big league starts -- and said McCann will be back behind the plate tomorrow. ... With Prado now penciled in as the everyday right fielder, it seems unlikely we will see Beltran in right field anytime soon, if at all. "We acquired Prado to play a lot," Girardi said. "I think there’s probably a little less of a -- I don't want to use 'sense of urgency,' but that we need to get [Beltran] out there. We have more options also now." ... It also means a lot less playing time for Ichiro. "I think at this point in the season you kind of go day by day," Girardi said. ... The 30-day clock starts on Michael Pineda's rehab tomorrow when he makes a start for Triple-A Scranton. Pineda is scheduled to throw 60-65 pitches, and although Girardi refuses to give a timetable for his return to the Yankees, he said, "You're starting to get pretty close. The big thing is that he responds to going out there and physically feels good. And this is further than he was before. So it makes you feel that this injury is healed." Barring setbacks, Pineda's workload should increase by 15 pitches per start until he is ready to throw 100 pitches in a game, meaning probably three or four rehab starts. ... Greene has faced the Red Sox once in his career, a disastrous one-third of an inning April 24 at Fenway when he faced five batters, walked three of them struck out one, and was victimized by a Jeter error and a McCann passed ball to be charged with three unearned runs. ... Webster pitched one inning in relief against the Yankees last Sept. 15, allowing one run on one hit and a walk.