The American League West-leading Texas Rangers are in the Bronx Tuesday to begin a three-game series with the New York Yankees. The story, though, won't be about the match-up between two of the American League's best teams. The story will be the status of New York shortstop Derek Jeter.
Jeter is not expected to play Tuesday and could land on the disabled list after suffereing a strained right calf in Monday's 1-0 loss to Cleveland. Jeter is six hits shy of becoming the first player to amass 3,000 hits as a Yankee. Eduardo Nunez will play shorstop in Jeter's absence.
The last time the Yankees saw the Rangers both Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz were on the disabled list. Both slugging outfielders are back in the Texas lineup now.
Tuesday night the Yankees face Alexi Ogando of Texas, who has a 7-0 record this season with a 2.10 ERA. Ogando, 27, is in his second big-league season and first as a starting pitcher.
CC Sabathia (7-4, 3.15 ERA) pitches the series opener for New York.