Youkilis a late scratch

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch from tonight's Yankees-Rays game. A Yankees spokesman said Youkilis' lower back tightened up after batting practice.

Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis

#36 3B
New York Yankees

2013 STATS

  • GM17
  • HR2

  • RBI9

  • R9

  • OBP.368

  • AVG.295

Youkilis left Saturday's game against the Blue Jays after five innings, having experienced tightness in his lower back. Joe Girardi held him out of the lineup on Sunday, but both he and Youkilis agreed the infielder would probably be in the lineup tonight against Rays lefty Matt Moore.

And Youkilis was in the original Yankees lineup, playing first base and batting cleanup until about 40 minutes before first pitch, when it was announced he had been scratched. Lyle Overbay will now play first and bat eighth in the lineup.

The revised Yankees lineup is as follows:

Gardner CF

Francisco DH

Cano 2B

Wells LF

Cervelli C

Boesch RF

Nunez SS

Overbay 1B

Nix 3B