The Yankees have just four games left before the All-Star break that starts on Monday. This team, more than ever, could really use those four days off next week, with injuries and tired bullpen arms taking over the team.
The Yankees and Indians played 14 innings last night, with the Bombers prevailing, 5-4, thanks to a solo homerun in the top of the 14th by Jacoby Ellsbury Brandon McCarthy, making his Yankees debut, last 6.2 inning, then it was the bullpen that went till the very end.
As the entire city waits on the edge of it's seat to hear from LeBron James and whether or not he'll be taking his talents back to Cleveland, the Yankees and Indians will complete this four-game series tonight, and the Yanks will look to take three of the four game before heading to Baltimore for a series against the Orioles.
Tonight's lineup against Cleveland:
LF Brett Gardner
SS Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Brian McCann
C Francisco Cervelli
3B Zelous Wheeler
RF Yangervis Solarte
2B Brendan Ryan
* Solarte is back! The Yankees recalled him from Triple-A Scranton this afternoon, while placing Carlos Beltran on the 7-day concussion DL after taking a ball off of his face during batting practice yesterday. Solarte went 12-for-20 with four extra-base hits during his brief trip to Scranton.
Pitching matchup preview:
With Masahiro Tanaka in the DL, the Yankees are going to need pitchers to start stepping up and filling the void left by the team's ace, and that starts with David Phelps tonight.
3-4 with a 4.01 ERA this season, Phelps is looking to build off of his last start, when he allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings against the Minnesota Twins.
TJ House will take the mound for Cleveland tonight. House is coming off of his first Major League win, in which he allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals.