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Anthony Rizzo scratched from Tuesday’s game vs. Pirates with lower back stiffness

Here’s the latest on Rizzo and the Yankees lineup.

New York Yankees v Cleveland Guardians - Game Two
Anthony Rizzo of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run off Aaron Civale of the Cleveland Guardians during the fourth inning in game two of a doubleheader at Progressive Field on July 2, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images

The New York Yankees have scratched 1B Anthony Rizzo from Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to lower back stiffness. There’s no word on whether Rizzo will head to the injured list or if this is a precautionary move. DJ LeMahieu and Matt Carpenter are coming into the lineup for the Yankees, with the former taking over Rizzo’s spot at first while the latter is the designated hitter.

Rizzo has been one of the key cogs in New York’s lineup, hitting .223 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs on the season. If he’s out for an extended period of time, LeMahieu and Carpenter could be seeing more at-bats in New York’s lineup.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Yankees are 1.5-run line favorites tonight against the Pirates at -120. New York is -190 on the moneyline, and the total is set at 9. The Yankees are co-favorites with the Los Angeles Dodgers at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the World Series at +400.