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Wild Card Round Game 1: Here we go

Tonight’s starter, Gerrit Cole.

Forget about everything that went awry for the Yankees in the regular season. Was it a disappointing and mostly joyless 60 games? Yes. But why dwell on that now? Everything can change starting this evening as the Yankees take on Cleveland in the first game of a best of three. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees (0-0)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Luke Voit, 1B
  5. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  6. Gio Urshela, 3B
  7. Gleyber Torres, SS
  8. Brett Gardner, LF
  9. Kyle Higashioka, C

RHP Gerrit Cole

Cleveland Indians (0-0)

  1. Francisco Lindor, SS
  2. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
  3. José Ramírez, 3B
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Franmil Reyes, DH
  6. Josh Naylor, LF
  7. Roberto Pérez, C
  8. Tyler Naquin, RF
  9. Delino DeShields, CF

RHP Shane Bieber

News & Notes

  • Why Brett Gardner over Clint Frazier? Aaron Boone laid out three reasons: recent performance, defense, and adding a lefty to the mix. (Bradford William Davis)
  • It looks like JA Happ in Game 3, if necessary. (Bryan Hoch)
  • One surprise on the Yankees’ 28-man roster: Mike Ford. He basically took Clarke Schmidt’s place on the roster as everyone else is the same as the final day of the regular season. (Yankees PR)
  • ICYMI, here’s our preview of the series.

This one starts at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN. WFAN and WADO have the radio call. Enjoy the game, everyone.

Game 59: Quit Messing Around

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The Yankees are playing like crap again. Last night’s loss was the team’s fifth in six games after completing a ten game winning streak. As a result, the Yanks are in jeopardy of falling to the eighth seed if the club doesn’t get it’s act together. One of two things need to happen to remain the fifth seed: either the Blue Jays need to lose one game to Baltimore or the Yankees need to win out.

It’d be nice for the Yankees to just win these next two and enter the postseason on a high note. I wouldn’t hold my hat on Baltimore taking a game from Toronto this weekend, that’s for sure. Here are the lineups for today’s Yankees-Marlins game as the Bombers look to get back in the win column:

Miami Marlins (30-28)

  1. Magneuris Sierra, LF
  2. Jon Berti, 3B
  3. Garrett Cooper, 1B
  4. Matt Joyce, DH
  5. Lewis Brinson, RF
  6. Jorge Alfaro, C
  7. Jazz Chisholm, 2B
  8. Monte Harrison, CF
  9. Miguel Rojas, SS

LHP Trevor Rogers

New York Yankees (32-26)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  4. Luke Voit, 1B
  5. Gio Urshela, 3B
  6. Aaron Hicks, CF
  7. Clint Frazier, LF
  8. Gary Sánchez, C
  9. Tyler Wade, SS

RHP Deivi García

News & Notes

This game starts at 1:05 p.m. EDT. It’s on YES locally and MLB Network for those out of market. WFAN and WADO have the radio call. Have a nice afternoon, everyone.

Game 54: Back in Buffalo

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Now that the Yankees have clinched a postseason spot, it’s time to play out the string. Including tonight, seven games remain and the only thing left to play for is seeding. First place in the division technically isn’t out of the question, but making up 3.5 games on Tampa Bay is highly unlikely. That leaves the focus on the fourth seed, which the Yankees (31-22) currently trail the Twins (33-22) for. Yankees-Twins will be the first round matchup in all likelihood, but where those games will be played has yet to be determined. Tonight, the Yankees can continue to make a push for home field advantage. Here are the lineups for tonight’s game in Buffalo:

New York Yankees (31-22)

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

RHP Michael King

Toronto Blue Jays (27-26)

  1. Cavan Biggio, 3B
  2. Bo Bichette, SS
  3. Teoscar Hernández, RF
  4. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., DH
  5. Randal Grichuk, CF
  6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B
  7. Jonathan Villar, 2B
  8. Alejandro Kirk, C
  9. Jonathan Davis, LF

RHP Matt Shoemaker

News & Notes

Tonight’s game starts at 6:37 p.m. EDT. You can watch on YES and MLB Network (out-of-market) or listen on WFAN and WADO. Enjoy the ballgame.

Game 53: Time to clinch

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The Yankees are in with a win today. A playoff berth was all but guaranteed thanks to an expanded playoff system this season, though there were some doubts only 10 games ago. What a difference a 10 game winning streak makes, huh? The Yankees ride that streak into today’s game where they can also sweep the season series against the Red Sox. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees (31-21)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Luke Voit, 1B
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Gleyber Torres, SS
  6. Brett Gardner, LF
  7. Clint Frazier, RF
  8. Gary Sánchez, C
  9. Tyler Wade, 2B

RHP Deivi García

Boston Red Sox (19-34)

  1. Christian Vázquez, C
  2. Rafael Devers, 3B
  3. J.D. Martinez, DH
  4. Bobby Dalbec, 1B
  5. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  6. Michael Chavis, LF
  7. Cesar Puello, RF
  8. Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B
  9. Jonathan Araúz, SS

RHP Tanner Houck

News & Notes

First pitch is 1:07 p.m. EDT on YES, TBS, WFAN, and WADO. Enjoy your Sunday.

Game 51: The Yankees are at Full Strength

Can you believe there are only 10 games left in the 2020 season? Pretty wild stuff. The Yankees are sitting as pretty as they have been in about a month, comfortably in second place and winners of their last 8 games. They’re playing the Red Sox, an opponent against whom they haven’t dropped a game all season. Let’s hope the good times keep rolling.

Here are the lineups, one of which I suspect you’ll like a lot:

New York Yankees (29-21)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
4. Luke Voit, 1B
5. Gleyber Torres, SS
6. Aaron Hicks, CF
7. Gio Urshela, 3B
8. Gary Sánchez, C
9. Clint Frazier, LF
Jordan Montgomery, LHP

Boston Red Sox (19-32)
1. Alex Verdugo, RF
2. Rafael Devers, 3B
3. Xander Boegarts, SS
4. J.D. Martinez, LF
5. Christian Vázquez, C
6. Kevin Plawecki, DH
7. Jackie Bradley, Jr.
8. Michael Chavis, 1B
9. Christian Arroyo, 2B
Martín Pérez, LHP

Now that is a lineup. It’s the first time the Yankees have trotted out both Judge and Stanton since August 8, which was over a month ago. Folks, the Yankees are at full strength at last. Now we just need to keep them there for the rest of the season.

News & Notes

  • Aaron Boone said that he’s going to keep tinkering with the lineup, but that Judge/Stanton are back-to-back because of the lefty opponent in Pérez tonight. They should always hit back-to-back. (Max Goodman)
  • Boone says it’s hard to imagine where the Yankees would be without Luke Voit. You can say that again. (SNY Yankee Videos)
  • Predictably, Boone says his team is locked in and ready to go for October. What else would he say? (Erik Boland)

First pitch is at 7:30 ET for some reason. It’s on YES locally, MLB Network nationally, and on WFAN/WADO for radio. Enjoy the game, everyone.

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