I felt I needed to warm up a bit for the regular season, so here is my first game post of 2010. The Yankees will be taking on the Twins at George M. Steinbrenner Field today. Here is the the lineup via Chad Jennings:
SS Derek Sanderson Jeter
DH Marcus Markley Thames
C Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta
3B Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez
RF Nicholas Thompson Swisher
CF Curtis Granderson
LF Brett M. Gardner
2B Ramiro Peña Gauna
1B Juan Miguel Miranda
SP Phillip J. Hughes
First start as a member of the rotation
This will be Hughes’ first start since being named the 5th starter. Hopefully he still will throw his newly developed changeup a lot.
The other day Mark Teixeira got hit on the elbow by a pitch, he immediately left the game, but tests showed he just had a elbow contusion, a fancy term for a bruise. Chad Jennings reports that Teixeira is scheduled to take batting practice today, which seems like a sign that he is feeling okay.
Alfredo Aceves has been hampered by back issues lately. If you recall he missed time last season will back issues as well. For now he is considered day-to-day, but a trip to the DL has not been ruled out. If Aceves is placed on the DL, Boone Logan would be the likely pitcher to replace Aceves in the bullpen.
Switch pitcher steals the show
Yesterday the Yankees called up pitcher Pat Venditte, who is known for his ability to pitch with both arms. Venditte got to face the Braves yesterday, and apparently he “stole the show“.