Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The New York Yankees came as close to having their season end as possible last night when all-star second baseman Robinson Cano took a J.A. Happ fastball of his left hand, forcing him to come out of the game and undergo x-rays that, thankfully, came back negative.

As of now, the Yankees are listing Cano as day to day. The Yanks have an off-day Thursday and will open up a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles Friday night in the Bronx -- when Cano believes he'll be ready to play.

And as if the Yankees didn't have enough to worry about with Cano's situation, Eduardo Nunez twisted his right knee in the 8th inning of Tuesday night's 7-1 victory. He originally stayed in the game, but was lifted for a pinch-runner in the 9th after singling to center field to leadoff the inning.

Nunez was replaced in the field by Mark Reynolds, who hit a solo homerun in the game, playing second base for the second time in his professional career, and should Nunez not be good to go for Wednesday's game, Reynolds might get a chance to play second base for the third time in his career.

Updated Lineup vs Toronto:

Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Granderson DH,
Soriano LF
Rodriguez 3B
Overbay 1B
Reynolds 2B
Suzuki RF
Stewart C
Kuroda RHP

Nunez was scratched from the lineup, likely because of his knee. He was seen walking off the field and back into the clubhouse during BP. Mark Reynolds will now get the start at second base.

Pitching Preview:

Andy Pettitte was dominant Tuesday night, tossing seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits to the Blue Jays, and now it's Hiroki Kuroda's turn to take a shot at the struggling Jays lineup.

Kuroda has undoubtedly been the ace of the Yankees' pitching staff this season, but recently ran into some trouble in his last start, being tagged for a season-high seven runs, including four homeruns. Coming in, Kuroda hadn't given up a home run in 56 innings, but served up four in six innings at Tropicana Field.

Facing off with Kuroda on the mound for the Blue Jays will be right-hander Todd Redmond, who enters with a 1-2 record and 4.44 ERA this season.

Redmond is averaging less than five innings per start in his eight outings with the team, but only gave up three runs or fewer in each of his first seven outings in with Toronto.

But Redmond fell apart in his last start, shelling out seven-runs in only 3 1/3 innings against the Houston Astros last Friday night. Redmond will be making his first career start against the Yankees.


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