Yankees Notes: A-Rod, Kearns, Golson, Vazquez, and the Lineup

The Yankees have Phil Hughes on the mound this afternoon as they go for the sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays and their 9th consecutive victory overall.

Here are some notes:

  • Alex Rodriguez will be activated this afternoon. He will play third and hit cleanup.
  • Marcus Thames got the start in right field yesterday when Nick Swisher was scratched because Austin Kearns couldn’t play due to a minor thumb injury. He is day-to-day.
  • Swisher and Kearns might be day-to-day, but they aren’t playing this afternoon. On top of that Girardi must be uncomfortable with Thames in right because Greg Golson is getting the start in right field.
  • Robinson Cano also has the day off, Ramiro Pena is starting in his place.
  • Manger Joe Girardi expects to keep Javier Vazquez in the rotation despite yesterday’s poor start.
  • Here is the lineup:
    • Gardner LF
      Jeter SS
      Teixeira 1B
      Rodriguez 3B
      Thames DH
      Posada C
      Granderson CF
      Golson RF
      Pena 2B

Golson won’t help the Yankees much offensively, but he helps give the Yankees one heck of a strong defensive outfield with Brett Gardner in left and Curtis Granderson in right. This is right up there as one of the best defensive outfields Yankee fans have ever seen.

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