July 20 Yankee Camp Notes: The Final Exhibition Tuneup Before Opening Day

Some old friends are returning to the Bronx tonight for the final exhibition game of Summer Camp. The Phillies, led by manager Joe Girardi, are coming to town and Didi Gregorius and Ronald Torreyes are making the trip. (So is Neil Walker!) Like Dellin Betances before him, I’m not ready to see Gregorius in a new uniform, but it’s better to get it over with now. On that note:


I’m structuring this one like a traditional game thread because it’s that time of year again. This will be the way we cover the lineups and daily news before each regular season and postseason game, which will also be followed by takeaways. You remember the drill. It’s good to be back in earnest.

Before we get into this, check out Derek’s preview of the AL East from earlier today and my takeaways from a weekend filled with Yankee baseball. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Philadelphia Phillies
1. Roman Quinn, CF
2. Jean Segura, 3B
3. Didi Gregorius, SS
4. J.T. Realmuto, C
5. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
6. Scott Kingery, DH
7. Adam Haseley, LF
8. Neil Walker, 2B
9. Nick Williams, RF
10. Alec Bohm, DH
Vince Velasquez, SP

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

Gosh, look at that Yankee lineup. It sure is beautiful. That is almost certainly the Yankees’ opening day lineup – assuming DJ LeMahieu is healthy enough to start, which it seems like he is – and I love it. I’m surprised the Yanks are rolling with four righties to open it up but I love it. The Yanks should score a ton of runs in 2020.


  • The Yankees plan to use DJ LeMahieu for 3-5 innings tonight defensively. (Pete Caldera) Even after he comes out of the game, though, he’ll continue to hit – Phillies manager Joe Girardi agreed to let the Yankees use 10 batters to facilitate this. Always did love Joe Girardi. (Bryan Hoch)
  • James Paxton took part in a simulated game today, throwing 84 pitches. He lines up to throw against the Phillies next week, so the Yanks wanted to keep him away from their lineup tonight. Makes sense. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Also taking part in that sim game is Luis Cessa, who is apparently back in camp after being diagnosed with COVID-19. (Kristie Ackert) He threw 31 pitches in the session. (Brendan Kuty) Cessa, who tested positive in Arizona, was asymptomatic aside from losing his sense of smell. (Bryan Hoch) To stay in shape, he threw into a net and went on nightly runs. (Lindsey Adler) Glad Cessa is back in action. The righty reliever was very solid in his role last year.
  • Patrick McGeehan of the New York Times has a good story today about the impact of the baseball shutdown on businesses in the South Bronx. None of this is particularly surprising, but it’s worth a read.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 pm. The game will be on YES Network locally and MLB Network nationally. Of course, WFAN has the radio call with John and Suzyn. Tonight’s goal? Keep everyone healthy. If the Yanks do that, I’m happy. Enjoy the game, everyone.


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  1. The Original Drew


    Possible a video tribute to Giradi and Didi tonight.

    Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes are pissssssssed.

  2. Coronaveddardus

    World Series preview, Bobby. Our lineup may be slightly better than theirs but Girardi always gets the best from his guys. Boone will get out managed, Didi is out for revenge and Toe looms on the bench as a late game pinch hitter. After Deivi shuts them down, and Deivi will shut them down, he deserves to be 5th starter. Lock Happ in the bullpen closet with Aroldis Chapman, no masks allowed.

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