Game 75: Gonzalez vs. Nova

Earlier this evening, Josh Thomson wrote about the Yankees decision to sit Alex Rodriguez more often against right-handed pitchers. Rodriguez is batting just .200/.236/.348 against northpaws this season, which is ... well ... awful. Shifting him to the bench allows the team to improve its offense as well as its defense, as Carlos Beltran moves to the DH slot and Aaron Hicks starts in right (and his .247/.290/.388 line against righties does represent a bit of an upgrade over Rodriguez).

Here is the team's lineup for this evening:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Brett Gardner, LF
  3. Carlos Beltran, DH
  4. Brian McCann, C
  5. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  6. Starlin Castro, 2B
  7. Didi Gregorius, SS
  8. Chase Headley, 3B
  9. Aaron Hicks, RF