Following an off-day on Thursday, the Yankees host the Twins on Friday, beginning a stretch of 43 games in 45 days leading up to the All-Star break.
Left-hander Vidal Nuno will start the opener for New York. He's coming off his longest outing of the season, a seven-inning, three-run performance in a no-decision against the White Sox.
Opposing Nuno will be Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco posted a 6.67 ERA in April, and his May hasn't been much better, as he has a 5.58 ERA in five starts this month.
Nolasco had another subpar outing last time out against the Giants on Sunday, yielding seven runs on nine hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings in what was his fifth loss. He was one pitch away from possibly getting over the hump, but he gave up a three-run double to Michael Morse in the fifth with two outs.
"Hopefully, just a fortune change," Nolasco said regarding his recent bad luck. "Been hoping for a little while now. Not much I can do. Just concentrate on going out there on the fifth day and try to make the best pitches I can and give the team a chance to win. That's all I can try and do."
Nolasco has never faced the Yankees.
The Yankees begin a seven-game homestand on Friday following an 11-day road trip. Manager Joe Girardi said that the number of close games, several of which went into extra innings, made for an "interesting" road swing. Three of the club's nine games during the trip went beyond nine frames.
Thursday's off-day gave New York first baseman Mark Teixeira an extra day in his recuperation from a stiff right wrist, and he used the time off to get another look at the injury. The Yanks released a statement saying Dr. Keith Raskin confirmed that Teixeira has inflammation in the wrist.
He is day to day.
Twins: Hicks could return to lineup on Friday
Center fielder Aaron Hicks missed his second straight game with lower back stiffness on Thursday, but he said he felt much better than on Wednesday, when he initially felt the stiffness while taking batting practice and was a late scratch. Hicks was available to pinch-hit on Thursday, and he could return on Friday.
"It's feeling a little bit better," Hicks said. "They gave me some medicine for the inflammation and it's made it better."
Yankees: Rookie Solarte finds himself in slump
Girardi has long stressed that baseball is filled with streaks. Yangervis Solarte finds himself in the middle of a cold one.
Solarte's .285 batting average remains tops among rookies across the Majors, but it's dropped in recent games. Since May 15, a day after he watched his nine-game hitting streak end, Solarte has hit just .152.
The 26-year-old left multiple runners on base in Tuesday's 6-0 loss to the Cardinals, hitting into a double play with two on and one out in one inning and popping out with two on and two out in another.
On Wednesday he was held out of the lineup.
"We always look for reasons why a guy is scuffling," Girardi said. "It's part of the game. ... Players go through things, either really hot streaks or cold streaks. If you didn't go through them, you'd probably hit .400 or .500 all the time.
"You know they're going to go through them, and when they're going through them, sometimes you just need to give them a little break."
• None of the Yankees' starters for the weekend series (Nuno, Masahiro Tanaka and Chase Whitley) has ever faced the Twins or any member of their current roster.
• New York took the 2013 regular-season series from Minnesota, 5-2.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.