Mark Teixeira is out of the Yankees’ lineup for today’s game against the Rays after having fluid drained from his sore left knee.
According to manager Joe Girardi “he’s played through this and we fully expect him to be back in there tomorrow.”
Teixeira sat out two weeks in April with a hamstring injury after spending most of last year on the disabled list, but he’s been one of the Yankees’ most productive hitters since returning with 15 homers and an .825 OPS in 58 games following the DL stint.
Jacoby Ellsbury is also sitting out today’s game with general soreness, so the Yankees have Ichiro Suzuki in center field and Kelly Johnson at first base.
Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …
Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.
Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.
He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.
Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …
The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.
Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.