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Game 8: Finish them

Miggy is in the lineup over Brett Gardner tonight.

The Yankees haven’t had much trouble with the Red Sox for the past two nights. Tonight, the Bombers can complete the sweep and send Boston out of the Bronx in a tailspin. That’d be a desirable outcome, wouldn’t you say?

Now, as great as a sweep would be, it would be even better to see a healthy and effective James Paxton. I3t’ll be hard for the lefty to do much worse than he did in the first start of his season against Washington. His velocity was down and his mechanics were noticeably off, as Bobby broke down previously. All eyes will be on The Big Maple tonight. Here’s the lineup he’ll face and the lineup behind him:

Boston Red Sox (3-6)

  1. Kevin Pillar, LF
  2. Rafael Devers, 3B
  3. J.D. Martinez, DH
  4. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  5. Christian Vázquez, DH
  6. Michael Chavis, 1B
  7. Kevin Plawecki, C
  8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  9. José Peraza, 2B

RHP Austin Brice

New York Yankees (6-1)

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

LHP James Paxton

There’s potential for some thunderstorms in the area tonight, but not when the game is supposed to begin. Hopefully those hold off and we don’t have to endure our third rain delay of the year, especially on a Sunday night. First pitch on ESPN, WFAN, and WADO is set for 7:08 p.m. EDT. Enjoy the game.

Game 7: Masahiro Returns as Yankees Look to Guarantee Series Win

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.

Game 6: Let’s Remind The Red Sox That They Are Bad

Friends, the Boston Red Sox are bad. Their record doesn’t really reflect this, as they come to the Bronx for the home opener at 3-4. We have the Mets to thank for that. In my humble opinion, the Yankees should do what they do best: remind the Red Sox that they are bad. That begins tonight and, hopefully, will continue all weekend.

Here are the lineups for the first series in the Bronx in 2020:

Boston Red Sox (3-4)
1. Kevin Pillar, RF
2. J.D. Martinez, DH
3. Rafael Devers, 3B
4. Xander Boegarts, SS
5. Christian Vazquez, C
6. Alex Verdugo, RF
7. Michael Chavis, 1B
8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9. José Peraza, 2B
Ryan Weber, RHP

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

Looks like a routine off-day for Gary, though I’m sure that many fans are very excited to see it. The big news, of course, is that Gleyber is in there. He exited last night’s game after being hit with a pitch in the first inning. Good to see that his “contusion” is actually, well, a contusion. Always pays to be skeptical these days but some optimism was good.

Jordan Montgomery is back on the bump for the Yanks! Let’s hope he can keep up his 2017 success. Check out my 2019 primer on him and/or Derek’s season preview for a refresher on the Yanks’ lefty.

News & Notes

  • Tommy Kahnle is on the IL with “forearm tightness.” That is not good. Hopefully, Tommy Tightpants is back in action soon and this isn’t a precursor to Tommy John, which would really suck for everyone’s favorite changeup extraordinaire. Jordan Montgomery is his replacement. (Lindsey Adler)
  • In better news, Aroldis Chapman is cleared to return to the team. It seems like he is already in the Bronx, too. He wasted no time. (Brendan Kuty) He’ll be playing catch soon and the Yanks will evaluate him from there. (Meredith Marakovits)
  • Gleyber Torres is in the lineup, as noted above. But he may not be if he has any issues in pregame. (SNY)
  • Suzyn Waldman, an actual national treasure, is fulfilling an old promise to Gerrit Cole: she is singing the national anthem tonight. (Bryan Hoch) She is great. Another great person is CC Sabathia, who is throwing out the first pitch tonight. (Yankees)
  • John Sterling will miss this weekend’s series against the Red Sox. He’s feeling under the weather but does not have COVID, apparently. Rickie Ricardo, who is great, will be on the call. (WFAN)
  • Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association agreed that each game in double-headers in 2020 will be 7-innings each. (James Wagner) I think it’s dumb, but whatever. Aaron Boone, on the other hand, likes it. (Lindsey Adler)
  • As expected, the Phillies are coming to the Bronx on Monday and Tuesday of next week. The two teams will then travel to Philly for another two-game set. No idea why they don’t just do all four in the Bronx, but that’s why I’m just a blogger. (Jon Heyman)
  • A cool 20% of the league is off tonight because of COVID. Seems bad! (Ben Nicholson-Smith)

First pitch tonight is at 7:05 pm EDT. The game will be on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. WFAN and WADO will have the radio broadcast.

Game 5: Party Like It’s 2019 & Sweep The O’s

(Via Yankees)

The Yankees are in first place. I think they should continue to be in first place by winning tonight’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. It would be rude if they lost, really. Here are tonight’s lineups as the Yanks look to make it three in a row:

New York Yankees (3-1)
1. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Gleyber Torres, SS
4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5. Aaron Hicks, CF
6. Luke Voit, 1B
7. Gary Sánchez, C
8. Gio Urshela, 3B
9. Miguel Andújar, LF
J.A. Happ, LHP

Baltimore Orioles (2-2)
1. Austin Hayes, CF
2. Hanser Alberto, 2B
3. Renato Núñez, 1B
4. Anthony Santander, RF
5. Pedro Severino, C
6. Dwight Smith Jr., DH
7. Pat Valaika, SS
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Cedrìc Mullins, LF
John Means, LHP

That’s a pretty damn solid lineup right there. I’m all for Andújar getting back in the fold, frankly. Let’s get Miggy as many at-bats as possible. I love me some Brett Gardner – the man has been a 3-4 win player for nearly a decade now – but I’ve missed Andújar’s aggressive, contact first approach. Besides, Gardner is really struggling out of the gate. Perhaps a night off will do him some good. (Let’s also hope tonight is the night Gary Sánchez snaps out of his funk, too).

As for the pitching matchup, it’s hard to think of a better opponent for J.A. Happ than the Orioles. If Happ is going to rebound from an abysmal 2019 campaign, the Orioles are the team to get it started. (The Yankees obliterated Means last year, despite him actually being pretty good overall. Let’s keep that up.)

News & Notes

  • J.A. Happ should be good for about 80 pitches tonight, per Aaron Boone. (Max Goodman)
  • Gerrit Cole praised Gary Sánchez for his knowledge of the Orioles and game-calling skills last night. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Brooks Kriske got the lineup card last night to celebrate his first Major League appearance. Cool moment for the 2016 six-rounder, who underwent Tommy John before a meteoric rise through the minors last year. (Max Goodman)
  • A Phillies staffer and coach both tested positive for COVID-19. That resulted in this weekend’s Blue Jays-Phillies games being postponed. Obviously, that might throw a wrinkle in next week’s four-game set with Philly. 60 games for everyone no longer feels feasible, but who knows. I guess we’ll find out. (Ben Nicholson)
  • For his part, Aaron Boone has no idea. He says the Yankees have no direction from the league on this. (Pete Caldera)

Tonight’s first pitch is a more normal 7:05pm EDT start time. Much better than 7:30, in my opinion. Tonight’s game is on YES locally and being broadcast on the radio by WFAN and WADO. It won’t feature John Sterling, but it’s still hard to beat the Yankees on the radio. Enjoy the game, everyone.

Game 4: Back in action

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After two unplanned days off, the Yankees return to action tonight against the Orioles at Camden Yards. MLB is a bit of a mess right now, but baseball is gonna go on anyway. On the bright side, it’s going to be Gerrit Cole’s second start in just the fourth game of the season, which is not a bad deal. It’s also against the lowly Orioles’ offense, which is absolutely atrocious in spite of the team’s outburst at Fenway over the weekend.

Aside from Cole, the other fun storyline is Gleyber Torres vs. Baltimore pitching. Would it surprise anyone if Gleyber went deep in his first at-bat tonight? He’s hitting third, so it could happen as soon as the first inning. Here’s how the rest of the lineup, along with Baltimore’s side, shakes out:

Yankees (2-1)

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

RHP Gerrit Cole

Orioles (2-1)

  1. Austin Hays, CF
  2. Anthony Santander, RF
  3. José Iglesias, SS
  4. Rio Ruiz, 3B
  5. Hanser Alberto, 2B
  6. Renato Núñez, 1B
  7. Dwight Smith Jr., DH
  8. Pedro Severino, C
  9. DJ Stewart, LF

RHP Asher Wojciechowski

News & Notes

  • This is Mike Ford’s first start of the season. Luke Voit, the regular first baseman, is on the bench. Ford’s only appearance in the opening series against Washington was on Saturday (a pinch hit single).
  • The Yankees announced its weekend rotation against the Red Sox, in the following order starting Friday: Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton. No surprises there.
  • Some scheduling updates: Aaron Boone expects the Yankees to make up their four games against Philadelphia next week, from the third to the sixth. After that, they’ll head down to Tampa Bay for the team’s originally scheduled four game set against the Rays. One of those games may be a doubleheader.
  • Chris Davis is unavailable for the Orioles tonight. Manager Brandon Hyde didn’t elaborate or provide any reason for his absence. Hm…

It’s going to be a hot one tonight in Baltimore: right around 90 degrees at first pitch. The game starts at 7:35 p.m. EDT on YES, WFAN, and WADO. Enjoy the game.

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