Game 118: Yankees vs. Rays
August 13, 2011 – Yankee Stadium – 4:10 p.m. ET (FOX, WCBS 880 AM)
Desmond Jennings LF
Johnny Damon DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist RF
Casey Kotchman 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce RF
Sean Rodriguez SS
Robinson Chirinos C
Pitching: Jeremy Hellickson RHP (10-7, 3.05)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP (2-4, 7.11)
POSADA RETURNS: Jorge Posada returned to the Yankees’ lineup on Saturday, his first action since being told that he would no longer serve as the club’s regular designated hitter.
Posada, 39, had one hit in his last 13 at-bats when manager Joe Girardi decided to change the DH situation last Sunday at Fenway Park. Eric Chavez has had most of the team’s DH at-bats since then.
“I’m looking forward to being in the lineup again,” Posada said. “I want to do everything I can to try to stay in the lineup.”
A-ROD BACK AT DH TONIGHT: Alex Rodriguez will serve as the designated hitter again for the Class-A Tampa Yankees on Saturday, taking his swings in a 6 p.m. ET game in Dunedin, Fla. against the Blue Jays’ Florida State League affiliate.
Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a RBI double and a strikeout in his first Minor League rehabilitation game on Friday.
The Yankees had planned to have Rodriguez play five or six innings defensively at third base on Saturday, but may wait until he joins Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
DJ3K REDUX: Derek Jeter said he had no idea what the Yankees have in store for him with this 3:45 p.m. ET ceremony, but his parents are on hand. They come to a lot of games, though, as Jeter pointed out.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today is Boone Logan’s 27th birthday.
GREETINGS: Francisco Cervelli and Hector Noesi greeted fans in the Great Hall today.