The Rays won’t have to contend with Alex Rodriguez tonight. He’s been scratched due to right knee soreness.
Now the Yankees are trotting out the following lineup in support of Dellin Betances in his first big-league start:
SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
LF Andruw Jones
C Jesus Montero
2B Eduardo Nunez
3B Brandon Laird
Tampa Bay will have Casey Kotchman back for this one. He was scratched last night after being taken to the hospital for chest pains.
Scott Lauber of the Philly Inquirer reports that the Phillies have agreed to terms with infielder Danny Espinosa. He’ll report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
This will be Espinosa’s fourth organization this year, as he has spent time under contract with the Yankees, Blue Jays and Dodgers in 2018, being released by all three teams after a few weeks. He last appeared in the big leagues in 2017, hitting a mere .173/.245/.278 in 93 games for the Angels, Mariners and Rays. He hit 20 homers a couple of times way back in the day, though, and I guess that — and the humility to accept minor league assignments — will earn you shots if you’re a good guy and you’re in decent shape.