It’s a beautiful Sunday in New York. You know what would make it even more beautiful? That’s right: the Yankees winning a baseball game. The early-season slide is getting old. Being consistently embarrassed and depantsed by the Rays is getting even older. The good news is that the Yanks are turning to Gerrit Cole today. That happens matters.
It’s also the last day of Jay Bruce’s career, as the lefty announced his intention to retire after today’s game:
Bruce’s time in New York was pretty abysmal, but he seems like a stand up dude. He also had a very nice career. Not many people get to say they spent 14 years playing Major League baseball. Jay Bruce can, and that’s pretty neat. Anyway, here are the lineups as the Yankees try to send Jay Bruce into the sunset a winner:
Tampa Bay Rays (7-8)
1. Yandy Díaz, 1B
2. Austin Meadows, 1B
3. Manuel Margot, RF
4. Brandon Lowe, 2B
5. Mike Brosseau, 3B
6. Joey Wendle, SS
7. Yoshi Tsutsugo, DH
8. Mike Zunino, C
9. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Andrew Kittredge, RHP
New York Yankees (5-9)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Gleyber Torres, SS
6. Gio Urshela, 3B
7. Rougned Odor, 2B
8. Clint Frazier, LF
9. Kyle Higashioka, C
Gerrit Cole, RHP
Pretty standard lineup these days. Let’s just hope that they actually make some contact on middle-middle fastballs and hanging breaking balls. I think they’ve missed, taken, or fouled off their last 5,000.
News & Notes
- Jameson Taillon and Corey Kluber will pitch the next two games for the Yankees against Atlanta. Those will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
- Domingo Germán will rejoin the team for their upcoming road trip, which begins Thursday in Cleveland.
- Jay Bruce decided to retire because he felt like he “couldn’t perform at the level he expected out of himself.”
- The team says it has not yet made a decision as to who will replace Bruce on the roster. We’ll see. My guess, at this point, is Mike Ford. I also would not mind seeing Derek Dietrich.
- Luke Voit, who the Yankees desperately miss, is recovering well from surgery. He will begin swinging a bat again Tuesday, and he’s already been doing infield work.
- Gary Sánchez is available to play off-the-bench today, supposedly. We’ll see. Rougned Odor, hilariously, is the emergency catcher. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
- Miguel Andújar is doing live drills again, and the team expects him to take live at-bats soon.
First pitch of todays game is at 1:05 pm. It’s on PIX 11, not YES, and WFAN will carry the radio broadcast. Let’s go Yanks.