The first-place Yankees are looking to put some serious distance between then and the second-place Rays tonight. It’s their first matchup of the season. Derek has you covered on all things Tampa Bay, so check that out if you’ve missed it. Let’s also hope that Masahiro Tanaka can do something no other pitcher but Gerrit Cole has really done in 2020: give the Yankees length.

Here are today’s lineups as the Yankees look to start burying the Rays:

New York Yankees (9-3)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Luke Voit, 1B
6. Gleyber Torres, SS
7. Gio Urshela, 3B
8. Gary Sánchez, C
9. Mike Tauchman, LF
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP

Tampa Bay Rays (5-7)
1. Austin Meadows, RF
2. Brandon Lowe, LF
3. Yandy Díaz, 3B
4. Ji-Man Choi, 1B
5. Joey Wendle, 2B
6. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, DH
7. Willy Adames, SS
8. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
9. Mike Zunino, C
Blake Snell, LHP

The Yankee lineup is back in full force tonight after the B-lineup came out last night. You love to see it. Fun fact: Mike Tauchman is now hitting .283/.366/.498 (130 wRC+) in his 317 plate appearances with the Yankees with an 11% walk rate. That is just ridiculous. That’s why he’s in the A-lineup, though. Let’s hope Tanaka has his splitter working tonight, by the way, and that he gives as much length as he can. He’ll still be on a pitch count, of course, but still. Let’s get 70-75 pitches across 5 innings. Even that would be a huge step forward.

News & Notes

  • Aaron Boone says that he’s not worried about Gleyber Torres, who is in a big slump. Listen to Aaron. Don’t be worried about Gleyber. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Don’t expect to see Clarke Schmidt this weekend, though he could “certainly be a factor at some point.” At some point means when he starts instead of J.A. Happ next time, right Aaron? (Bryan Hoch)
  • Players that might help this weekend include Miguel Andujar, Albert Abreu, Thairo Estrada, Ben Heller & Erik Kratz, who are on the taxi squad. (Bryan Hoch)
  • That’s right! Albert Abreu. He’s the Yanks #10 ranked prospect according to Baseball America, and he throws gas. I hope we get to see him do his thing this weekend. Here’s some video to prove it.

Tonight’s game begins at 6:40 pm EDT in the hideous Trop. The game will be broadcast on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. WFAN and WADO will have the radio call, as usual. Enjoy the game, everyone.