Game 8: Yankees vs. Orioles
Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Orioles are set to play the second game of a three-game series. We’ve got a rare Tuesday afternoon game here in the Bronx, with Ivan Nova and Wei-Yin Chen locking up as the pitching matchup. We had some rain earlier in the day but it’s turning into a pleasant, overcast afternoon; temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s.
Here are the quick hits from the Yankees clubhouse:
- Francisco Cervelli is in the lineup, making his first career start at first base. It’s something the Yankees have toyed with a little bit in the last few days, but Cervelli is still very much an unknown quantity over there. Joe Girardi called it a “low risk” gamble. Cervelli thinks the last time that he played first base in a game was when he was 15.
- Cervelli has been taking ground balls all over the infield since Spring Training, and with a lefty on the mound, it’s something that they want to take a look at. Girardi said that it is not something he has to stick with all day; Kelly Johnson is still the regular first baseman.
- Cesar Cabral was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take David Robertson’s place on the active roster. Matt Thornton may not be available today; Thornton pitched yesterday and Girardi said that he has also been getting up in the bullpen often.
- Who’s today’s closer? Girardi replied: “That is a really good question.”
- You might remember that the Yankees thought about having Alfonso Soriano play first base this spring. They never got around to it, Girardi said, because Soriano got a late start to his spring with a bad case of the flu and then needed to focus on working in the outfield corners. Girardi also said that he has never seen Brian McCann take a grounder at first base, so they weren’t about to start now.
Nick Markakis RF
Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 6.35)
Brett Gardner LF
Ivan Nova RHP (1-0, 3.18)