Youkilis Batting 2nd, Teixeira Batting 4th Against Red Sox

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — To make room for Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis on the 25-man roster, the Yankees have optioned pitchers Ivan Nova and Vidal Nuno to Triple-A.

Youkilis is batting second and in the designated-hitter spot for Friday night’s game against the Red Sox, and Teixeira is playing first base and batting fourth.

Nova has appeared in just six games in 2013 — four of which were starts — and is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA. Nuno has been excellent in his rookie season. The left-handed pitcher has appeared in five games — three of which were starts — and is 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA.

Nuno started against the Mets on Thursday night and allowed two runs on three hits over six frames.

Teixeira is making his season debut for New York. Youkilis played in 17 games before going on the DL. The veteran is batting .266 with two homers and seven RBIs.

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