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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.

Game 11: Urshela at short while Torres nurses minor injury

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It was going to happen eventually. Once the Yankees demoted Tyler Wade to the Alternate Site, Gio Urshela became the de facto back up shortstop. Today, he makes his first start at the position as Gleyber Torres gets the night off. It’s the first time Urshela has played the position in the regular season since 2018.

Torres jammed his ring finger diving back to a base last night (Bryan Hoch). All testing came back clean, which is good news. He’ll hopefully return to the lineup tomorrow. Even with the minor injury in mind, Torres was due for a rest at some point. Up until today, Torres started all ten games this season at shortstop. The night off will leave DJ LeMahieu as the only Yankee to appear in every team game.

On the mound, Jameson Taillon makes his second start of the season. Toronto counters with the team’s ace, Hyun Jin Ryu. Here are the lineups behind the two pitchers:

New York Yankees (5-5)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  3. Aaron Judge, RF
  4. Gary Sánchez, C
  5. Aaron Hicks, CF
  6. Rougned Odor, 2B
  7. Gio Urshela, SS
  8. Clint Frazier, LF
  9. Jay Bruce, 1B

RHP Jameson Taillon

Toronto Blue Jays (4-6)

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

LHP Hyun Jin Ryu

News & Notes

This one starts at 7:07pm on YES and WFAN. Enjoy the game!

Game 10: Down in Dunedin

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Tonight begins the first of three games against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. For a series preview, check out Rohan’s post from this morning.

This will be the second time Gerrit Cole faces Toronto this season. Last time out, the ace struck out eight and allowed two runs in 5.1 innings. The Blue Jays counter with Robbie Ray, who’s making his season debut after beginning the year on the injured list. Here are the lineups behind the starters:

New York Yankees (4-5)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B
  2. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  3. Aaron Judge, RF
  4. Gleyber Torres, SS
  5. Gio Urshela, 3B
  6. Clint Frazier, LF
  7. Rougned Odor, 2B
  8. Kyle Higashioka, C
  9. Mike Tauchman, CF

RHP Gerrit Cole

Toronto Blue Jays (4-5)

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

LHP Robbie Ray

News & Notes

  • Aaron Hicks is sitting out today. Aaron Boone relayed to the media that it’s been an understandably difficult day for Hicks after Minnesota police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright yesterday. (Lindsey Adler)
  • Although Stanton is still in the lineup, he’s weighing whether or not to play tonight. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Clarke Schmidt received a cortisone injection for his common extensor (elbow) strain. If it’s effective, he could start throwing again in the next couple of weeks. (Bryan Hoch)

First pitch is scheduled for 7:07pm on YES and WFAN. Enjoy the game.

Game 9: Odor debuts as Yankees look to salvage series

Odor.

After two ugly losses to the Rays, the Yankees will try to avoid this sweep this afternoon at the Trop. It also marks the debut of the team’s newest acquisition, second baseman Rougned Odor.

Aaron Boone has penciled in the second baseman sixth in today’s lineup. DJ LeMahieu slides over to first, and the struggling Jay Bruce sits. Here are the rest of today’s starters:

New York Yankees (3-5)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS
  6. Rougned Odor, 2B
  7. Gary Sánchez, C
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Brett Gardner, LF

LHP Jordan Montgomery

Tampa Bay Rays (4-4)

  1. Yandy Díaz, 1B
  2. Randy Arozarena, RF
  3. Austin Meadows, DH
  4. Manuel Margot, CF
  5. Mike Brosseau, 2B
  6. Brandon Lowe, LF
  7. Willy Adames, SS
  8. Mike Zunino, C
  9. Kevin Padlo, 3B

RHP Brent Honeywell Jr.

News & Notes

  • The Yankees recalled Albert Abreu, who was on the taxi squad for this series. He replaces Domingo Germán on the roster.
  • This is Honeywell’s major league debut. The one time top prospect has been besieged with injuries and hasn’t pitched in a regular season game since September 2017 in Triple-A. Good for him. From the sounds of it, he’s serving as today’s opener for Michael Wacha.
  • Clarke Schmidt still hasn’t begun throwing after an initial 3-4 week rest prognosis back at the start of spring training. He’s now seeking a second opinion on his common extensor strain. (Bryan Hoch)
  • The Yankees traded infielder Thairo Estrada to the Giants in exchange for cash considerations. Estrada was designated for assignment earlier this week.

It’s a gloomy Sunday afternoon here in New York, which makes for a perfect day to plop on the couch and watch some baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm on YES and WFAN. Have a good day everyone.

Game 8: Return of Judge and Gio

Our long national nightmare is over as Aaron Judge returns to the Yankee lineup today after sitting with ‘general soreness’ the last few days. He’ll start in right field. Joining him on the comeback trail after just one day off–one measly day, as my son might say–thanks to side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine is Gio Urshela who’ll play his usual third base today. The full Yankee lineup as as follows:

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS
  6. Brett Gardner, LF
  7. Gary Sánchez, C
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Jay Bruce, 1B

They’ll be backing up today’s starter, Domingo Germán, who’ll be looking to bounce back from a poor first start of the season. Additionally, he’ll need to give length today after the Yankees got under three innings from Corey Kluber yesterday. On the mound, Germán will be opposed by Chris Archer, also looking to improve on a poor first start. The Rays lineup that will face Germán is as follows:

  1. Yoshi Tsutsugo, DH
  2. Austin Meadows, LF
  3. Randy Arozarena, RF
  4. Brandon Lowe, 2B
  5. Yandy Díaz, 1B
  6. Joey Wendle, 3B
  7. Willy Adames, SS
  8. Brett Phillips, CF
  9. Francisco Mejía, C

Of note:

First pitch is at 1:10 PM from Tropicana Field. Hopefully the Yankees can recover from yesterday’s ugly loss. Go, Bombers!

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