ARLINGTON, Texas -- Remember the game last Wednesday at Yankee Stadium when the grounds crew couldn't get the tarp on the field and Yu Darvish was left to stalk around in front of the visitor's dugout just dying to throw a baseball to, or at, someone?
Well, Darvish gets a rematch tonight with the Yankees and with David Phelps, both of whom beat him, 2-1, in that rain-shortened 4 1/2 inning game last week.
Here's the Yankees lineup Darvish will face tonight:
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann 1B
Notes: Mark Teixeira, who has not played in eight days due to a lat strain, took batting practice on the field tonight. Assuming he comes out of it OK, he's likely to start tomorrow. Tex said he "feels better than I have in a month," but acknowledged he can no longer play through injuries the way he did as a younger man . . . Jacoby Ellsbury was given the night off, a decision that Joe Girardi made last night on the flight to Texas. He told Ellsbury he would be off today when they landed . . . Ellsbury's absence moves Gardner to center and gives Zoilo Almonte, who was recalled from Triple-A Scranton today, a start in left . . . Girardi said Beltran was making progress with his pregame throwing but was still not likely to play the outfield again until the Yankees return home next Monday at the earliest.