As much of an advantage that it’d seem to be for the Rangers to avoid the Yankees and play the ALDS at home, they’re not taking the final three games especially seriously.
On Monday, they pulled C.J. Wilson after two innings to keep him in line to start Friday’s Game 1, and tonight, they’re giving Michael Young his first start at shortstop in three years.
Young was the AL Gold Glove winner at shortstop in 2008, but the Rangers moved him to third base the next year to make room for Elvis Andrus anyway. This year, Young has started 39 games at third, 36 at first and 14 at second.
The Rangers probably wanted to give Young a game at shortstop just in case they needed him there in the postseason, particularly in the World Series.
With Young at shortstop, Andrus is making his first career start at DH.
Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exited Saturday’s game under less-than-ideal conditions after a 91.4-m.p.h. fastball caught him on the chin in the fourth inning. Following his removal, he passed the standard concussion protocol testing, though the Yankees will likely play it safe with the infielder over the next few days.
With one out and a runner on first, Voit stepped up to bat against Chad Bettis in the bottom of the fourth inning. He had just worked an 0-2 count against Bettis when the mishap occurred — a fastball that deflected off of his shoulder and met his chin. Voit took a few moments to recover, then took first base before he was eventually lifted from the game at the top of the fifth.
Prior to his exit, the first baseman went 0-for-1 with a walk. He was subsequently replaced by DJ LeMahieu, who shifted over from third to first base while Gio Urshela stepped in at the hot corner.
The Yankees currently lead the Rockies 11-5 in the eighth.