What’s on Tap for Thursday, July 3

The Yankees (41-42) open a three-game series against the Twins (38-45) in Minnesota on Thursday at 8:10 p.m. ET.

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-3, 2.10 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by RHP Phil Hughes (8-4, 3.58 ERA) for the Twins.

In case you missed it…

Yesterday at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees lost to the Rays by the score of 6-3 as they were swept in their three-game set and fell below the .500 mark >> Read more at NYYFans, ESPN and MLB.com

CC Sabathia tossed 3 2/3 innings during a rehab start for Double-A Trenton >> Read more at NYYFans

Mark Teixeira had his left knee drained on Wednesday, and was out of the starting lineup. He’s expected to return on Thursday.

Despite the fact that they’ll incur penalties for going over their spending limit, the Yankees signed a slew of international free agents on Wednesday >> Read more

A new book claims that Major League Baseball gave Alex Rodriguez permission to use performance-enhancing drugs in 2007 and 2008 >> Read an excerpt from the book