ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Today's game may seem secondary to the bad news about Ivan Nova's elbow injury, but the Yankees still need to play it, and win it, if they want to head into the series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway with any kind of momentum. They're pinning their hopes on a decent outing by Vidal Nuno today, who can make an argument for himself as Nova's replacement if he pitches well against the Rays in this Easter Sunday 1:40 p.m. start.
Here's the Yankees lineup for today. Note the unfamiliar first baseman/No. 5 hitter:
Derek Jeter SS
Vidal Nuno LHP
NOTES: Yes, Teixeira is back, as expected, after a 15-day stay on the DL with a hamstring strain. Asked how the leg felt this morning Teixeira said, "I'll just be doing my normal thing. You know, stealing bases and hitting triples" ... Derek Jeter returns to the lineup after a one-day rest, and Carlos Beltran, apparently fully recovered from his rather rude meeting with a side wall Thursday night, is well enough to return to right field after a DH day yesterday ... Lots of player moves today, and more to come tomorrow. For now, the Yankees optioned Scott Sizemore, who had played well since being recalled on April 9, back to AAA Scranton, and DFA-ed RHP Matt Daley, who was raked for six runs in 1-1/3 innings in last night's 16-1 disaster. In addition to reactivating Teixeira, the Yankees added RHP Preston Claiborne from Scranton and RHP Bryan Mitchell from AA Trenton. Both are here and available if needed.