ANAHEIM -- The Yankees won't have Laz Diaz to blame for balls-and-strikes calls tonight. The ump who drove Joe Girardi to distraction, and ejection, Monday night moves from behind the plate to third base for tonight's Game 2 of this three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.
Instead, it will be Scott Barry calling the pitches for Hiroki Kuroda and C.J. Wilson tonight, and the Yankees need a big effort out of Kuroda to have any hope of leaving here with a series win. The last time Kuroda (2-3, 5.14) faced the Angels, on April 25, he allowed eight runs (six earned) in less than five innings.
Here's the lineup that will be trying to help him beat Wilson and the Angels:
Derek Jeter SS
NOTES: Brendan Ryan was reactivated today and is with the team for the first time all season after suffering a cervical spine nerve injury -- basically, a pinched nerve in his upper back -- during spring training. Tonight will be the first time the Yankees are playing with a full 25-man roster since April 23, when Michael Pineda was suspended for pine tarring the baseball against the Red Sox. Pineda came off the suspended list and went on the DL with a back muscle strain, allowing the Yankees to replace him on the roster. ... Girardi called Ryan "a pure shortstop" and said he would be used on days Jeter is given off. ... Girardi said Shawn Kelley, who threw 34 pitches and walked four batters in 2/3 of an inning last night -- and also wound up getting ejected by Diaz for his trouble -- was probably not going to be available tonight. ... The pitchers took batting practice this afternoon in preparation for 11 interleague games in NL parks this month starting Friday in Milwaukee, and the clear hitting star was Masahiro Tanaka, who sent two of pitching coach Larry Rothschild's soft tosses over the center-field fence. CC Sabathia, who prides himself on his hitting, also went yard, to rightfield. ... Wilson is 4-3 with a 3.04 ERA in 26 games (nine starts) against the Yankees. He was the winning pitcher the night the Angels beat up on Kuroda in the Bronx, allowing one run on four hits in six innings. Since he became an Angel in 2012, Wilson has been unbeatable against the Yankees, going 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts.