It’s a Saturday night Yankees-Red Sox matchup on FOX. If you wanted baseball back, this is about as baseball as it gets. It’s a season that feels like it may end at any time, regardless of what Rob Manfred says, but the Yankees should go ahead and win tonight. Clinch the series. Each one counts that much more in a short season.

The 5-1 Yankees have a two-game lead over the Rays, who lost to the Orioles last night. Good stuff. The Yanks look about as good as advertised and should hopefully keep rolling tonight. Let’s put as much space between the Yankees and second place as possible.

Here are the lineups:

Boston Red Sox (4-4)
1. Andrew Benintendi, LF
2. Kevin Pillar, DH
3. Rafael Devers, 3B
4. Xander Boegarts, SS
5. Mitch Moreland, 1B
6. Christian Vazquez, C
7. Alex Verdugo, RF
8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9. Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B
Zack Godley, RHP

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

Tauchman earns his first start of the season as it seems like Aaron Hicks is just getting a regular night off. Gardner shifts over to center. Pretty good stuff overall because the Yankees are so damn good. I’m also stoked to see Tanaka back in action tonight. Let’s hope that his splitter is looking good again in 2020.

News & Notes

  • The Yankees officially brought Masahiro Tanaka back from the IL and designated Chris Iannetta for assignment. (Yankees)
  • It’s devastating, but it seems like Tommy Kahnle is set for Tommy John surgery. It’s likely a brutal end to his Yankee career. Long live Tommy Tightpants and his changeup. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Giancarlo Stanton is healthy enough to play outfield, but the Yanks like him at DH given the crowded roster. Works for me. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Luis Cessa (COVID-19) is progressing well. He’s going to throw a two-inning bullpen before returning to the Yankees, which will likely be in a few days. (James Wagner)
  • Monday’s game against Philadelphia has not been postponed. There were a ton of mixed signals about that. In any case, the Yanks will play Philly twice in New York on Monday and Tuesday before heading to Philly for another two-game set on Wednesday and Thursday. Again, not sure why they bother with traveling. I mean, there’s a pandemic going on, but whatever, I guess. Then they’ll play a four-game set against Tampa in the Trop with a doubleheader on Saturday. (Pete Caldera)
  • Gerrit Cole will start on Monday and again on Saturday. Love getting this guy as many starts as possible. Good stuff. (Max Goodman)

First pitch is at 7:07 pm. The game will be broadcast on FOX and carried on the radio by WFAN, as usual. Enjoy the game.