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Yankees-Twins pregame, lineups

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 16, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here today at Yankee Stadium, just up from the clubhouse. First of all, Joe Girardi was very cryptic when asked why he didn’t just push back the other starters to give Javier Vazquez his regular turn instead of skipping him. Girardi said, “It might make more sense to you later on today.” Maybe he was referring to Vazquez possibly pitching out of the bullpen if Sergio Mitre struggles in his spot start, but Vazquez said he didn’t think he was available today. Girardi said Mitre could go to 85 pitches. 

Both Vazquez and Girardi pointed to Tuesday’s rainout as the main reason for him getting bumped. But perhaps some of it is that Vazquez will now start against an NL team in the Mets. Obviously, he had a strong year last year with the Braves.  Anyway Vazquez said he was disappointed that he’s being skipped but that he understood because he saw other guys get bumped so he could take his regular turn in previous years.

Girardi is resting Nick Swisher at the start against the righty, Nick Blackburn, since he has been having trouble swinging lefty with his mild biceps strain. Swisher is available for right-handed pinch-hitting duty. Swisher said will try to take batting practice lefty tomorrow after not swinging lefty yesterday or today. Righty Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to start for the Red Sox here tomorrow night.

Curtis Granderson took batting practice on the field for the first time since going on the DL and said he didn’t feel anything with the groin problem. He’s hoping to be back at the end of the month, but he wasn’t sure really on the timetable. He hasn’t done any stop-and-start type of movements yet. He thought he might need about 25 rehab at-bats like he had the previous time he was injured.

OK, the lineups:

Twins

1. Denard Span CF

2. Orlando Hudson 2B

3. Joe Mauer C

4. Justin Morneau 1B

5. Michael Cuddyer RF

6. Jim Thome DH

7. Jason Kubel LF

8. Alexi Casilla SS

9. Matt Tolbert 3B

Nick Blackburn RHP

Yankees

1. Derek Jeter DH

2. Brett Gardner CF

3. Mark Teixeira 1B

4. Alex Rodriguez 3B

5. Robinson Cano 2B

6. Jorge Posada C

7. Marcus Thames RF

8. Randy Winn LF

9. Ramiro Pena SS 

Sergio Mitre RHP

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