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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)

Jeter sitting with tight right qud

Derek Jeter is out of the Yankees’ lineup today with a tight right quadriceps. Joe Girardi said that Jeter’s quad got tight during Friday’s game.

He took yesterday off and will also sit tonight, though Girardi said that Jeter is available to come off the bench. Girardi said that Jeter was “not real happy” with the decision, and no tests are scheduled.

Here’s Girardi’s explanation:

“Friday, early in the game, his quad got a little tight but he played the whole game. Saturday was a scheduled day off no matter what; I had had it scheduled for the whole week, I knew that he was going to be off. I’d say about the fifth, sixth, seventh inning, I started thinking. I said y’know, it probably would make sense to give him one more day because it buys him two more days. Is he available to me tonight? In an emergency, I would use him. Are there any tests scheduled? No. He went through some tightness in Spring Training that he had gotten through. He had it in his calf at one point and he got through. I figured, you know what, it probably makes more sense to give him today. I could have put him in there. Originally my plan was to put him in there, but I changed my mind during the game yesterday.”

Girardi said that he feels “really good” about the chances of having Jeter in Tuesday’s lineup against the Cubs.

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

MLB will speak to Yankees regarding Pineda

Major League Baseball spokesperson Pat Courtney said today that the league plans to speak with the Yankees regarding the substance that was on Michael Pineda’s right hand in the third inning of last night’s game against the Red Sox, but Pineda is not in danger of being suspended.

“The umpires did not observe an application of a foreign substance during the game and the issue was not raised by the Red Sox,” Courtney said. “Given those circumstances, there are no plans to issue a suspension, but we intend to talk to the Yankees regarding what occurred.”

Here is what Pineda said this afternoon at his Yankee Stadium locker:

“I told you last time, I’m sweating [on] my hand too much. I’m putting dirt, and that’s it. … I’m coming here early, doing my work, and nobody said [anything] to me today.”

Here is Joe Girardi’s take:

“Like I said, I’m going to focus on the game. I understand what Michael said it was. Did I talk to Michael about it? I still haven’t talked to him about it. I talked to him to see how he felt today; that was my concern. My concern is to get him ready for his next start, and to make sure that a guy coming off an injury that he’s coming off of, that he feels good the next day and is able to make his start. That’s my focus. My focus will be managing the game. As far as the other thing, I have not heard from Joe Torre and I‘m not worried about it.”

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