Game Time – 7:05pm

YANKEES (37-27)
Damon LF
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui DH
Cabrera CF
Pena SS

Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-4, 14.34).

NATIONALS (16-46)
Lineup TBA

Pitching: LHP John Lannan (3-5, 3.51).

Ramiro Pena gets the start at short due to Jeter’s injury.  Jeter went for an MRI this afternoon, and Peter Abraham is reporting that it came back negative.  He also said that Jeter wanted to play tonight.  Of course he did, he’s Derek Jeter.  That’s why he’s the captain.

I like the idea of Swisher in the #2 slot – despite his .244 BA, he has a .389 OBP – mostly due to his team leading 46 walks.

But I have to question how much longer Joe Girardi is going to keep Alex Rodriguez in the clean up position.  In 125 plate appearances, A-Rod is hitting .224 with a .488 slugging percentage.  Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada, Robbie Cano, Johnny Damon and Swisher all have better slugging percentages.

A-Rod and his 8-48 (.167 BA) performance this June belong somewhere else in the lineup until he can get his swing back.

Finally, Chien-Ming Wang gets the start tonight.  See the previous posting – its make or break time for Wang!