Game 113: Eovaldi vs. Pomeranz

Alex Rodriguez did not play last night, despite Joe Girardi's promise that he would play so long as he wanted to, as well as some raucous chants from the fans at Fenway Park. He is not in tonight's lineup, either. The continued benching was explained away by Girardi, though, as he stressed the importance of this series against the Red Sox and the team's desire to win. Amazingly, he was able to say this with a straight face.

I know that the Yankees ostensibly do not owe Rodriguez anything, but the team's about-face 48 hours later is staggering, to say the least. This is an organization that harps on its professionalism, after all. So it goes. Here's tonight's lineup:

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

When thinking about how Rodriguez is riding the pine due to the Yankees trotting out their "best" lineup, keep in mind that Chase Headley is batting .261/.328/.342 against LHP this year (and .192/.300/.308 in August thus far). He's batting 3rd.