It is Monday and there is a baseball game between the Yankees and Phillies. Imagine that! We tried this last week, to no avail, and there was even some confusion about tonight’s game. Have no fear, though: the game is on. Derek has all things Philadelphia Phillies here, so check that out for the latest updates on them. (Hint: they haven’t played in a while!)

The Yankees are 7-1 and have a two-game lead over the second-place Orioles. That’s right. The second-place Orioles. They swept the Rays over the weekend (LOL). Things are coming up Yankees, at least for now. Here are today’s lineups as the Yanks look to keep the pedal on the metal:

Philadelphia Phillies (1-2)
1. Andrew McCutchen, LF
2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. J.T. Realmuto, C
5. Didi Gregorius, SS
6. Jean Segura, 3B
7. Jay Bruce, DH
8. Scott Kingery, 2B
9. Adam Haseley, CF
Jake Arrieta, RHP

New York Yankees (7-1)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Aaron Hicks, CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Mike Ford, 1B
6. Gio Urshela, 3B
7. Gary Sánchez, C
8. Brett Gardner, LF
9. Tyler Wade, SS
Gerrit Cole, RHP

Not bad for a B-lineup. Gleyber Torres gets the night off with Tyler Wade stepping into the shortstop role for the night, but the team hardly misses a beat. Also, pretty interesting to see Mike Ford hit fifth. It’s pretty clear that the Yanks have no intention of sending him anywhere. Finally, Gerrit Cole makes his official Yankee Stadium debut. Pretty cool!

News & Notes

  • Gerrit Cole makes his home debut tonight and he carries with him an 18-game regular season winning streak that goes back to May 27 of last year. Not bad. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Luis Cessa has been working out a few times and “no longer feels slugging” after recovering from COVID-19. He says he’ll be activated soon. (James Wagner) He threw in a 40-pitch game a few days ago. (Meredith Marakovits)
  • Aaron Judge won AL Player of the Week. Not much to add to this one. Very well deserved. (Yankees)
  • There’s potentially some bad weather tomorrow, so the Yanks may play a doubleheader in Philly later on in the week. They’d be the home team in one of them. (Bryan Hoch)
  • John Sterling will not be in the booth today, but he may return as soon as tomorrow (or Wednesday, if the weather is bad). He had a blood infection and was hospitalized for four days, which sucks. Glad to hear he’s doing okay. (New York Post)

Tonight’s game is at 7:05 pm EDT. It’s on YES locally, with WFAN and WADO on the radio call. Enjoy the game, everyone.