Thursday, April 24, 2014
Game 22: Yankees (12-9) @ Red Sox (10-12)
By Wallace Matthews
BOSTON -- As Joe Girardi rightly pointed out in his pregame interview, the Michael Pineda pine tar story is yesterday's news; there is a game to play against the Red Sox tonight and it's Girardi's job to try to win it and leave Boston with a series victory. Here are the players he is sending out against LHP Felix Doubront to try to win it for him:
NOTES: With the bullpen depleted after Pineda's second-inning ejection last night, the Yankees needed arms, so they called up RHPs Shane Greene and Bruce Billings from Triple-A Scranton and optioned RHP Preston Claiborne and INF Dean Anna -- yes, the Raccoon -- to Scranton to clear space for them. ... Girardi said David Phelps is likely to start the one game over the next 10 in which the Yankees will need a pitcher to replace Pineda. Because of an off-day in the schedule on April 28, the Yankees can skip Pineda's spot in the rotation and start Sabathia on regular rest. Girardi said Phelps, who has pitched out of the bullpen since losing the No. 5 starter's competition to Pineda in the spring, can probably give the Yankees 75 pitches. ... Solarte, hitless in his last 15 at-bats, is back in the lineup tonight, and will also serve as Jeter's backup at shortstop while Anna is at Triple-A. ... Today is Beltran's 37th birthday.