ARLINGTON, Texas - The Yankees have put far better lineups on the field this season than the one sent out last night against lefthander C.J. Wilson, and it won't look much more potent tonight against another lefty, Rangers ace Cliff Lee.
Mark Teixeira stayed home with his wife, Leigh, yesterday as the couple welcomed their third child, William Charles. Joe Girardi said Teixeira likely won't rejoin the team until "sometime" in Kansas City, where the Yankees start a four-game series tomorrow night.
Robinson Cano didn't start because of cold and fever symptoms.
"He just seems really lethargic today and not quite himself," Girardi said before the game. "I figured we'd better give him a day off because if we send him out in this heat, I worry this could really linger."
Cano didn't get much rest, because he pinch hit for Ramiro Peña in the sixth inning and stayed in the game at second base. Cano went 1-for-2, hitting a leadoff single in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 4-3 loss in 10.
That left Marcus Thames batting third because of his success against lefties this season - a .328 average (20-for-61) and .408 on-base percentage.
The last two lefthanders to face the Yankees, the Blue Jays' Ricky Romero and Jon Lester of the Red Sox, have allowed a combined two earned runs. Lefthander Bruce Chen (7-5, 4.44) starts tomorrow night for the Royals.
Though Curtis Granderson has struggled this season, especially against lefties (.206), the outfielder may be in tonight's lineup. Granderson is 12-for-40 with a homer against Lee . . . Girardi said Damaso Marte (shoulder inflammation) was progressing steadily but still hasn't thrown off a mound . . . Alfredo Aceves (back) made his first rehab appearance since going on the DL May 12, throwing 19 pitches in two-thirds of an inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night. He walked two and struck out one.