UPDATES & NEWS
Mark Teixeira is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Friday.
Teixeira is still experiencing soreness in the pinkie he had stitches put into the other day and is having trouble gripping the bat. He won't take part in batting practice to give it a proper rest and should be considered day-to-day. Chase Headley will continue to play first in his absence with Martin Prado playing third.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Fernando Rodney has hit a recent rough patch, but said he's put it behind him.
Rodney's closing job is in danger right now, as they 38-year old has already blown a save and has given up in seven runs 3 1/3 innings. Carson Smith could be next in line for saves should Rodney be removed from the job, though Yoervis Medina is another option in the back of the bullpen. As a closer, Rodney will have to have a short term memory and put the issues behind him, as he has a great track record and the stuff is still there for him to succeed in the ninth inning. Analysis: Ben Diamond