The Yankees' bats have been in a collective slump over the first month of the season, and Teixeira has been unable to avoid that distinction as he's batting just .224. Maybe even more concerning though, the power-hitting first baseman has just three home runs and hasn't gone deep since April 13. Despite the low average and power, Teixeira does have a .365 OBP, his highest mark since his first season in the Bronx in 2009.
Davis hardly seemed concerned about the status of his thumb, but it would be the explanation if he was held out of Thursday's lineup. The Orioles figure to confirm Davis' status for Thursday's game several hours before first pitch.
Ramirez was a late scratch Wednesday due to his illness, but it appears he will not miss any further action. The Red Sox will confirm Ramirez's status for Thursday's game when they release their lineup in the afternoon.
While Abreu's been racking up hits of late -- he's gone 14-for-32 (.438) with 10 RBI over the course of an eight-game hitting streak -- his power had been missing in action for a couple weeks, as Abreu hadn't homered since April 19. His numbers are still subpar (.255 and only four homers), but there's no reason to think Abreu shouldn't end up right around 30 homers and 100 RBI again this year.
The long ball was a big one, snapping a 2-2 tie after a hit and a walk set the table for Pearce to open the sixth inning. As per usual, it came off a lefty in Dodgers starter Alex Wood. Pearce hit cleanup in this one, the seventh time this year he's appeared in that lineup slot, and his middle-of-the-order at-bats when the Rays face southpaws make him an attractive DFS play.
With Ramirez a bit under the weather, he will not start Wednesday as expected. Travis Shaw will move over to first base in Ramirez's place, and Josh Rutledge will take Shaw's spot at third base. Ramirez's next chance to play will come in Thursday's series finale with the White Sox.
He finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, raising his season line to an impressive .281/.343/.656 in limited duty (32 at-bats). The Mariners slotted him in as their No. 8 hitter Wednesday, but it's not unreasonable to think that he could move up in the order in his future starts against lefties should he continue to outperform Franklin Gutierrez in the coming weeks.
White's struggled of late, going hitless over his past 12 at-bats. Furthermore, he has just two hits since April 20 (2-for-35) after a great start. White's down to .224, but has five home runs and 14 RBI. He's replaced by Marwin Gonzalez in the lineup on Wednesday.
Gonzalez's positional flexibility keeps him in the lineup more often than not, having logged 20 games this season at every spot in the infield. However, his bat has let him down thus far this season, hitting .196 on the season. Despite that tepid start, five of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles and a home run) with a pair of stolen bases as well. He replaces Tyler White at first base.
The veteran tagged former Rays stalwart Scott Kazmir with the bases empty in the fifth for his second homer in his last four starts. Pearce has proven to be a solid addition to the Tampa attack, and has now reached base safely in five straight contests. He's displayed solid plate discipline as well, whiffing only six times in 46 at-bats. Pearce's .283/.365/.435 line has manager Kevin Cash contemplating providing him with additional opportunties beyond strict platoon situations.