May 28: Yankees (27-24) @ Cardinals (29-23)
Derek Jeter is not in the Yankees’ starting lineup tonight, so unless he pinch-hits or the Yankees/Cardinals meet in the World Series, he has taken his last career at-bat in St. Louis. Sellout crowds here at Busch Stadium certainly provided an appropriate send-off, with both giving the future Hall-of-Fame shortstop a standing ovation before his first plate appearance. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina helped create the moment by walking toward the mound to give extra time for acknowledgement.
On the Cardinals end today, Matt Adams is sitting due to tightness in his left calf. He was out in the field shagging flyballs during batting practice and said afterward that he actually feels good enough to play. The tightness started in the final innings of Tuesday’s game and got worse this morning. He expects to be available, if needed, off the bench.
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta is also sitting tonight, though that was by design. Manager Mike Matheny said he targeted today as a good day to give Peralta a break.
A win tonight would give the Cardinals their fifth consecutive series win. It would also push them to the 30-win mark, a place only two National League teams (Milwaukee and San Francisco) have already reached.
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