8/12 – Yankees at Royals
Hello from high above the fountains at Kauffman Stadium – the ‘new’ K – as the Yankees open up a four-game series with the Royals.
Plenty for us to talk about pre-game: Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup after the birth of his 8-lb., 7-oz. baby boy, William Charles, while Curtis Granderson gets a chance to jump back in the lineup and try those new tweaks Kevin Long was glowing about in Texas.
Down in Tampa, Andy Pettitte played catch but held off on the simulated game for one day with tightness in his left hip flexor, which may or may not be related to compensating for the groin strain.
Finally, the Yankees are keeping a curious eye on Javier Vazquez, who is getting frustrated looking at the velocity readings on his fastball and seeing only 87-88 mph when he used to be around 92-93.
That’s a problem for another day, though. CC Sabathia has the ball tonight opposite Bruce Chen, as we’re underway in the land of barbecue.