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Game 14: Yankees vs. Cubs

It feels like it has been a while since we’ve been at the ballpark, with Monday’s off-day and Tuesday’s rainout. We’ll be making up for that this afternoon and evening, with a split admission day-night doubleheader scheduled between the Yankees and the Cubs.

Bundle up, because it’s cold here in New York — I mean, it’s February, let’s get to Tampa for Spring Training cold — but we’ll have baseball today in the Bronx, assuming they can get the ice off the playing field.

Here are the lineups for Game 1, with Masahiro Tanaka and Jason Hammel comprising your pitching matchup. Derek Jeter is scheduled to return to the Yankees lineup in Game 2.

CUBS (4-8)

Emilio Bonafacio 2B
Justin Ruggiano CF
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Nate Schierholtz RF
Starlin Castro SS
Junior Lake LF
Luis Valbuena 3B
Mike Olt DH
John Baker C

Jason Hammel RHP (2-0, 2.63)

YANKEES (7-6)

Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Dean Anna SS
Scott Sizemore 3B

Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21)

Game 13: Yankees vs. Red Sox

It’s Sunday night baseball here in the Bronx, as the Yankees and Red Sox wrap up this four-game series at Yankee Stadium. New York has won two of the first three contests and they’ll go for a series win tonight with Ivan Nova on the hill. Felix Doubront gets the ball for the Sox, with first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. ET. You can watch on ESPN and listen on WFAN.

Some quick hits from the clubhouse and interview room:

  • It turns out that there was more of a reason for Derek Jeter’s off-day yesterday than just scheduled rest. Joe Girardi revealed today that Jeter spoke about tightness in his right quad during Friday’s game. Sitting Jeter tonight will give him three full days to knock the stiffness out, with tomorrow’s Yankees off-day. Remember, this is the same quad that Jeter strained in his first game off the DL last year, putting him right back on the shelf.
  • The Yankees have been carrying a 13-man pitching staff since April 9, when Shane Greene was called up. They might stay at that number until Mark Teixeira (strained right hamstring) is ready to be activated, which could happen on April 20 at the earliest. The Yanks also plan to have David Robertson (strained left groin) back in the closer role on April 22.
  • A stat to note: coming into tonight, Carlos Beltran is just 1-for-11 with a double against left-handed pitchers this season, compared to 10-for-30 (.333) with two homers and four RBIs against right-handers. He said that he hopes to find something in his swing against Doubront, who was smoked for five runs in 2 2/3 innings last time out by the Rangers at Fenway Park.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (5-7)

Grady Sizemore LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Ryan Roberts 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jonathan Herrera 2B

Felix Doubront LHP (1-1, 9.00)

YANKEES (6-6)

Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Francisco Cervelli 1B
Dean Anna SS

Ivan Nova RHP (1-1, 8.68)

Game 12: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Red Sox are back in action after last night’s quick turnaround. The Yankees dropped last night’s contest, 4-2, evening the series at one game apiece. Hiroki Kuroda looks to continue his strong start to the season, while Boston gives the ball to John Lackey. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET and it is a beautiful spring afternoon in New York.

Some quick hits from the clubhouse and interview room:

  • The part of Derek Jeter will be played by Dean Anna in today’s performance. Joe Girardi said that was because of the quick turnaround following last night’s game. It’s Jeter’s second day off of the season and his first at home. Girardi understands that crowds want to see Jeter play in his final season, but said this: “I have to manage him with the focus of winning games and keeping him healthy, not it being a farewell tour. I wasn’t hired to put on a farewell tour.”
  • Mark Teixeira said that he expects to be activated from the disabled list on April 20 against the Rays at Tropicana Field, the first day that he is eligible.
  • Interesting note — Yankees pitchers had struck out at least 12 batters in each of their last three games entering play on Saturday (12, 12 and 13, respectively). That marks just the second time in franchise history they have done so, also doing it from May 17-19, 2002.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (5-6)Dustin Pedroia 2B
Daniel Nava RF
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jonathan Herrera 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

John Lackey RHP

YANKEES (5-6)Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano RF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna SS

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Game 11: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Red Sox are set to play the second game of a four-game series tonight. We’ve got a matchup of lefties, with CC Sabathia and Jon Lester taking the ball. There is rain in the forecast, but it looks like we’ll be having an on-time start.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (4-6)

Jonny Gomes RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Grady Sizemore LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Ryan Roberts 3B
David Ross C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Jon Lester LHP

YANKEES (5-5)

Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B

CC Sabathia LHP

Game 10: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Red Sox are set to begin a four-game series tonight. It’s the first of 19 meetings this season between the Bombers and the defending World Series champions, with tonight’s pitching matchup highlighted by Michael Pineda’s Yankee Stadium debut. Clay Buchholz has the ball for Boston.

Here’s what you need to know from Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference:

  • Brian Roberts has the day off, with Dean Anna playing second base. Girardi joked that Roberts is on pace to play 162 games this season, so obviously the Yanks would like to handle him a little bit more carefully. Roberts, as I can now recite from memory, has missed 445 games over the last four seasons due to injury.
  • Who’s closing today? Good question, again. It won’t be Shawn Kelley, who threw 30 pitches in his outing last night, and Girardi said that he probably doesn’t have Adam Warren available either. A save situation might go down to Matt Thornton, if Girardi can resist using him earlier in the game.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury and Thornton will be picking up their 2013 Red Sox World Series championship rings tomorrow. Boston manager John Farrell and GM Ben Cherington will deliver them.
  • Brendan Ryan has started light baseball activity down in Tampa. Mark Teixeira is doing some off-field exercises, including riding the stationary bicycle.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (4-5)

Grady Sizemore LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Jonathan Herrera 3B

Clay Buchholz RHP

YANKEES (4-5)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda RHP

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