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Game 12: Quick turnaround

A beautiful day in Dunedin. (Erik Boland)

One of the nice things about regular season baseball — especially early in the season — is that there’s a clean slate daily. Forget about last night’s loss and the team’s slow start to the season. There’s a new game to play this afternoon against the Blue Jays. It’s the rubber game after the two sides split the first two of the series.

Corey Kluber gets the ball for his third start with the Yankees. Hopefully we see a step forward today. On the other side, Toronto starter Ross Stripling was a late scratch due to forearm tightness (yikes). TJ Zeuch starts in his place. Here are the lineups behind Kluber and Zeuch:

New York Yankees (5-6)

  1. Aaron Hicks, CF
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Brett Gardner, LF
  4. Gary Sánchez, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS
  6. Jay Bruce, 1B
  7. Gio Urshela, 3B
  8. Rougned Odor, 2B
  9. Kyle Higashioka, C

RHP Corey Kluber

Toronto Blue Jays (5-6)

  1. Marcus Semien, 2B
  2. Bo Bichette, SS
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., DH
  4. Randal Grichuk, CF
  5. Cavan Biggio, 3B
  6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF
  7. Rowdy Tellez, 1B
  8. Alejandro Kirk, C
  9. Josh Palacios, RF

RHP Ross Stripling TJ Zeuch

News & Notes

  • Toronto placed Julian Merryweather on the injured list with an oblique strain. That explains why he didn’t return for the ninth inning of last night’s game.
  • Even though tomorrow’s off day affords the Yankees to keep the rotation on regular rest, the Bombers will go with a spot starter on Friday against Tampa Bay. It’ll likely come down to Deivi García or Michael King, though it could be someone else. (Kristie Ackert)
  • Quick thought: I don’t really get why Clint Frazier is sitting again. I know he’s off to a rough start, but he’s supposed to be the starting left fielder. A little patience for him would be nice, but instead, he’s on the bench again.

First pitch is 1:07pm on YES and WFAN. Have a great day, everyone.

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3 Comments

  1. Gerreddardit Cole

    I’ve never seen a more feckless lineup than this, Bobby. Too many DPs. Jay Bruce hitting 6th? Higgy gives us some pop but nobody else besides Judge and Gio even gets the ball in the air. What is Marcus Thames getting paid to do? And Kay says well they’ll eventually hit because they always have. No they haven’t and no they won’t. We go through this every year in October where the home runs don’t come and the lineup doesn’t score. The strategy of sitting back and waiting for the 3 run home run just don’t work anymore.

    Meanwhile the Jays are just hitting dinger after dinger. They just have a much better ballclub. Vlad and Grichuk are Yankee killers. Vlad, Biggio and Bichette have baseball in their blood. Why don’t we have baseball in our blood? Kluber’s done. Another awful signing by Cash of a guy whose best years were a decade ago. Give me the youth and power of the Jays. They may play in a crackerjack box for a stadium but they’ve got a good young core that is the envy of baseball.

  2. Neal

    Frazier will likely be traded by the deadline. After all, we may need another starting pitcher rebounding from an arm injury to solidify the rotation. They just don’t seem to like Frazier. In today’s pre-game presser Boone seemed to get a bit chapped when asked about Frazier sitting, He then proceeded to tie himself in a knot trying to explain.

    • Beyond saying “everything is beautiful in its own way”, Boone is want to explain anything.

      Btw, we just lost on a walk-off!

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