Here are today’s lineups for a sweltering summer day in the Bronx, which will feature Hideki Matsui – yeah, you remember him – grabbing his glove and trotting out to left field. Believe it or not, it’s the first time he’s ever done so at this Yankee Stadium.
As for Vazquez, he needs a win today to complete his set of victories against all 30 MLB clubs. He’s 0-3 vs. the Angels in six career starts. Jamie Moyer and Barry Zito are the only other active pitchers to have beat all 30 teams.
Happy birthday, also, to Yanks ace CC Sabathia. He’s 30 today. No sign of any dancers with snakes or three-foot alligators at the Stadium.
Erick Aybar SS, Howie Kendrick 2B, Bobby Abreu DH, Torii Hunter CF, Hideki Matsui LF, Mike Napoli 1B, Juan Rivera RF, Kevin Frandsen 3B, Bobby Wilson C, Joel Pineiro RHP (10-6, 3.95)
Derek Jeter SS, Nick Swisher RF, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Juan Miranda DH, Curtis Granderson CF, Francisco Cervelli C, Brett Gardner LF, Javier Vazquez RHP (7-7, 4.45)