On Sunday, Joe Girardi said that Alex Rodriguez will not start the two games in Miami since there is no DH in the National League, which means that he will only have pinch-hitting opportunities to get closer to 3,000 hits. He currently has 2,995 hits and is five hits away from tying Roberto Clemente to become the 29th baseball player in the 3,000 hit club.
Garrett Jones will be back in the lineup in right field tonight after previously playing all three games of the series against the Baltimore Orioles. He has been a back-up this season and is playing in place of Carlos Beltran for the second game in a row. Jones, who has a .300 batting average (6-20) in his last nine games with two homers and six RBIs, will be playing in his first game against his former team. Jones played for the Marlins during the 2014 season and hit 15 homers with 53 RBIs.
Mark Teixeira, who has Brian McCann hitting in front of him instead of Rodriguez, is on a five-game hitting streak with three two-hit games in his last five. This hitting streak has raised his average from .237 to .256. His 17 homers, 47 RBIs and .571 slugging percentage has given him the fourth most votes among first basemen for the All-Star Game in the American League.
The Kansas City Royals players led eight of the nine positions in the American League All-Star Game voting update that was released on Monday. The one that makes the least amount of sense is that Omar Infante, who has arguably been the worst second baseman in the AL, currently has more votes than any second basemen. Brian McCann’s 1,154,530 votes are the fourth most among catchers and Rodriguez’s 1,176,506 votes are the fifth most among designated hitters.
This is the lineup for tonight’s game against the Miami Marlins:
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Garrett Jones RF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Mason Williams CF