Yankees @ Dodgers July 31, 2013: Welcome Back, Hiroki

July 31, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Newest Dodger Drew Butera is actually the newest Isotope, having been added to the 40-man roster optioned to Albuquerque. When he arrives there, I imagine Damaso Espino will be on the move. I also imagine that not a single one of you cares, so let’s move on.

Scott Van Slyke is back in the fold, with Elian Herrera optioned back to Albuquerque. Herrera had one mere pinch-hitting appearance in his ten days up, and the timing of this makes it clear how awkward that entire “activate Ted Lilly for one day” business was.

Van Slyke had been sent down on July 21, ten days ago, to make room for Matt Kemp. Kemp of course then proceeded to injure himself immediately, but rather than bring back Van Slyke earlier than the ten-day minimum — which would have been allowable since Kemp was going to the disabled list — they activated Lilly in Toronto. Lilly was DFA’d the next day, but since that wasn’t an injury, at that point they couldn’t bring back Van Slyke, and brought up Herrera instead. Now they switch places, and while it clearly didn’t make that much of a difference, it’s interesting to see how that entire Lilly saga affected the bottom of the roster.

Yankees
Dodgers
CF
Gardner
LF
Crawford
SS
Jeter
RF
Puig
2B
Cano
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Soriano
SS
Ramirez
RF
Wells
CF
Ethier
1B
Lillibridge
C
A.Ellis
3B
Nix
2B
Schumaker
C
Stewart
3B
Uribe
P
Kuroda
P
Kershaw

For the Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda will return to Dodger Stadium for the first time since leaving the club following the 2011 season, and I imagine he’s going to get himself a nice reception from Dodger fans. Actually, with CC Sabathia struggling, Kuroda has taken over the role of staff ace with the Yanks, pitching to a 2.51 ERA and a 3.50 FIP. With Clayton Kershaw opposing him — and a Yankees lineup that not only has Vernon Wells in right field, but “on his fifth team in two seasons” Brent Lillibridge at first base — we might be in for yet another low-scoring affair tonight.

When Kershaw gets to the mound, he’ll first see Brett Gardner, and that’s relevant since Kershaw hit Gardner so hard in 2010 that it eventually required surgery.

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