This three-game series against the Florida Marlins will be the first time this season the New York Yankees play on National League turf.
Heading into the series, the Yankees (37-29) are trailing the Red Sox by three games, and the Marlins (33-35) are five games behind the Phillies.
So far this season, the Yankees are a surprisingly low 4-5 against NL teams. Normally, the Yanks, along with the rest of the AL, dominate in interleague play.
Here are the pitching matchups for the series:
|Date||Yankees starters||Marlins starters|
|Friday||Andy Pettitte (6-3, 4.52)||Sean West (2-1, 3.00)|
|Saturday||A.J. Burnett (5-3, 4.46)||Josh Johnson (6-1, 2.76)|
|Sunday||CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.67)||Chris Volstad (4-7, 4.75)|
And tonight’s lineups:
|Derek Jeter SS||Chris Coghlan LF|
|Johnny Damon LF||Wes Helms 3B|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||Hanley Ramirez SS|
|Alex Rodriguez 3B||Jorge Cantu 1B|
|Jorge Posada C||Dan Uggla 2B|
|Robinson Cano 2B||Ronny Paulino C|
|Nick Swisher RF||Jeremy Hermida RF|
|Melky Cabrera CF||Cody Ross CF|
|Andy Pettitte P||Sean West P|
I’m really surprised to see A-Rod in the lineup again. He needs a break. Also, note that Brett Gardner isn’t starting after his collision last night.
UPDATE: A-Rod was a late-scratch due to fatigue. He will miss Friday’s and Saturday’s game.