Game 19: Yankees at Rays

It’s been a busy morning and afternoon here at Tropicana Field. Ivan Nova has been placed on the disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and could require Tommy John surgery, and the Yankees have Mark Teixeira back in the lineup for the first time since April 4. Preston Claiborne and Bryan Mitchell are here to help out a pitching staff that allowed 27 runs to the Rays in the last two nights; Scott Sizemore has been optioned to Triple-A and Matt Daley was designated for assignment.

We’re underway, with Vidal Nuno making his first start of the year for New York. Cesar Ramos has the ball for the Rays. The game is on YES, MLB Network and WFAN.

Here are today’s lineups:

YANKEES (10-8)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
John Ryan Murphy C

Vidal Nuno LHP (0-0, 14.54)

RAYS (9-9)

Sean Rodriguez LF
Ben Zobrist DH
Logan Forsythe 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Brandon Guyer CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Hanigan C

Cesar Ramos LHP (0-1, 7.50)

14 Comments

I wish they would call Pettitte. With 1 spot a question mark, Pineda is really being depended on now.

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It does appear the Yankees have reordered their staff with Tanaka going against Boston’s ace, followed by Pineda at #2, Sabathia #3, Kuroda 4, Unknown 5.

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Actually, the rotation is just turning over. The matchups would have been pretty much the same since Nuno was the sixth starter, most likely to give the regular starters an extra day of rest after playing 19 games in the first 20 days of the season, and it also gives their best starters in the rotation a shot at the Sox in the same series. So Tanaka is still #4, Pineda #5, and CC is #1.

Now that Nova is down, they may have to use Nuno, Warren or Phelps (personally, I don’t want to see Phelps in the rotation since he has struggled in the pen this year and he was terrible as a starter last season).

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Makoto, they could have pitched Tanaka instead of Nuno, just asked Donna but your right the rotation is the same but Tanaka is going to match up with the aces right now.

Makoto also Nuno, Warren and Phelps start falling apart after the 4th inning if they make it that far. I hope we are looking for a veteran no risk starter somewhere. Hopefully they don’t see Gonzalez as an infield upgrade.

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Tanaka is only going to match up with the opposing team’s ace for this series only because of how things turned out schedule wise the Yanks needed a sixth starter.

No team is going to make atrade this early in the year and there’s no such FA available on the market so they may not have a choice but go with the names I mentioned.

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Yanks were impressed with Nuno after the game.

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Thanks for the update Koto. You sound informed. Pass on my regards to Donna.

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This team is snakebit with bad luck and injuries

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With this teams luck Pineda May be the next one to go down with an injury considering his injury history. Just saying………

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Good point Makoto, fingers corssed that doesn’t happened.

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We need a couple of veteran experienced pitchers for the pen. Obviously we are short if we’ve got to go to double A. Hopefully now about 20 games into the season teams might be ready to off load a pitcher or two that can still pitch and help. Looks like Nuno might be a candidate to fill Nova’s spot in the rotation. Anyway, better a split than dropping the series. The bull pen sure looked bad the last couple of games against the Rays.

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Nuno, Phelps, Warren are good for 4 and 2/3 innings but after that they seem to tire.

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Got to credit Makoto, he was right about Daley, we cut him loose immediately.

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First month of the season and we already got the scrubs like Mitch coming up from Double A. Not a good depth situation. Claiborne was foul in spring training.

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