Ah, Opening Day. What a fine day it is. It’s good no matter what, but it’s especially exciting because the Yankees should be very, very good at baseball this season. (If you’re not psyched yet, go read Randy’s hype post and get back to me.) As I noted two weeks ago, today begins a stretch in which the Yankees will play 19 of 25 games inside the division. The games are going to matter right away.

Check out Derek’s post today previewing the Blue Jays series, but that’s really all there is to say for now. It’s Opening Day, so the dream of the first 162-0 season is still alive. Let’s try to keep it that way for at least another day, shall we?

Toronto Blue Jays (0-0)
1. Marcus Semien, 2B
2. Cavan Biggio, 3B
3. Bo Bichette, SS
4. Teoscar Hernández, RF
5. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B
6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF
7. Rowdy Tellez, DH
8. Randal Grichuk, CF
9. Danny Jansen, C
Hyun Jin Ryu, LHP

New York Yankees (0-0)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Gleyber Torres, SS
6. Gio Urshela, 3B
7. Gary Sánchez, C
8. Jay Bruce, 1B
9. Clint Frazier, LF
Gerrit Cole, RHP

There are no surprises with this lineup. It is deep, circular, and should be ready to go – and it’s not even full strength. If the team can stay healthy, Bruce will be replaced by last year’s team MVP Luke Voit. Incredible.

News & Notes

  • Gerrit Cole is at full strength, and the weather will not impact his pitch count today.
  • Lucas Luetge, the Spring Training darling, says his jaw hurts because he’s been smiling so much since joining the Yankees. Folks. You absolutely love to see it.
  • All of the roster moves we expected are now official, so the 26-man and 40-man rosters are set.
  • The vaccination supersite at Yankee Stadium will be operational every day except for those on which the Yankees have a 1 pm home game, like today. That’s good news!

Gerrit Cole will throw the first pitch of the Yankees’ season today at 1:05 pm in the Bronx. The game will be broadcast on YES locally and ESPN nationally. WFAN, as usual, will have the the radio broadcast. Buckle up and enjoy the game, everyone. It’s going to be a hell of a season.