Robinson Cano sits again with sore neck
“It’s never easy to give Robbie a day,” Joe Girardi said prior to revealing his starting night for Thursday’s series finale against the Rangers. “But if you have to do it, you’re forced to do it. We’re able to win a game without him yesterday, but it’s hard not writing his name in that lineup.”
“That changes everything (about the lineup) if he plays. Would I be surprised if he didn’t play today? No, I wouldn’t, especially with the quick turnaround. Robbie’s a tough kid. Those things are hard to predict.”
Cano pinch-hit in the eighth inning on Thursday and drew a walk. He has one hit in his last 15 at-bats and is 0-for-6 with three walks on this homestand. Also out of the lineup was Curtis Granderson, who has one hit in his last 22 at-bats after grounding out as a pinch hitter to end the game.
These are the pitching matchups for Red Sox vs. Yankees: Franklin Morales-Phil Hughes on Friday, Jon Lester-David Phelps on Saturday and Josh Beckett-Hiroki Kuroda for the Sunday night matchup.
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