The Yankees face southpaw Scott Kazmir tonight, which has led Joe Girardi to the first change in the top five of the lineup this season. Nick Johnson and Brett Gardner will start the game on the bench, Randy Winn will start in left and Marcus Thames for DH. Lineups via LoHud:
|Angels lineup||Yankees lineup|
|Erick Aybar SS||Derek Jeter SS|
|Bobby Abreu RF||Nick Swisher RF|
|Torii Hunter CF||Mark Teixeira 1B|
|Hideki Matsui DH||Alex Rodriguez 3B|
|Kendry Morales 1B||Robinson Cano 2B|
|Howie Kendrick 2B||Jorge Posada C|
|Mike Napoli C||Marcus Thames DH|
|Brandon Wood 3B||Curtis Granderson CF|
|Reggie Willits LF||Randy Winn LF|
- It’s Jackie Robinson Day! That means every Yankees will wear No. 42. (Mariano Rivera is the last player wearing the sacred number.)
- Phil Hughes will make his 2010 debut. He’ll either be a bust, or he’ll shine. Here’s what I think will happen to Hughes if he has a rough start to the year.
- River Ave. Blues mentioned a lineup change idea that I agreed with regarding Mark Teixeira’s slow start.