Brett Gardner went 0-for-4 as the Yankees' leadoff man Thursday against the Astros.
The slumping Gardner hasn't had a multihit game since Aug. 4, a homer since Aug. 3 or a steal since Aug. 1. That's a big reason why the Yankees have scored just 20 runs in his last 10 starts.
Matt Dominguez went 0-for-3 in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.
Dominguez, making outs like no one else in baseball right now, is batting .203 with just two walks in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He's hit for more power than expected as a major leaguer, but he's never been the defensive dynamo that he came advertised as while in the minors. It might actually be a good thing for him that the Astros acquired Colin Moran from the Marlins in the Jarrod Cosart deal; if they didn't have a third base prospect worth waiting on, the position would be an obvious place to try to upgrade at this winter. As is, they might as well give Dominguez another year and see what happens with Moran and Rio Ruiz.
Yan Gomes left Thursday's game with an illness.
He was 0-for-2 before exiting in the bottom of the sixth inning for Roberto Perez. Gomes is day-to-day.
Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.
The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
Javier Baez will play shortstop for the Cubs while Starlin Castro is on the bereavement list.
Castro lost a cousin and three close friends to a car crash Wednesday in the Dominican Republic and could be gone for an entire week. This is a good opportunity for Baez, who has been playing primarily at second base since his promotion to the majors on August 5.