Game 76: Baby Bombers Take Over

When the Yankees take the field Wednesday night, six out of nine starters will be home-grown products. One of the three that isn’t: starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

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With the Yankees stretched thin because of a torrent of injuries, the team is relying on two top prospects to help carry the team. No. 9 prospect Tyler Wade gets his first career start in left field, while No. 11 prospect Miguel Andújar makes his MLB debut as the designated hitter.

Masahiro Tanaka comes into the start with good momentum. He mesmerized Texas Rangers hitters through eight shutout innings his last time out. Tanaka consistently pitches better in night games, and that should work to his advantage tonight. He also beat the White Sox April 19 behind seven innings of one-run ball.

Carlos Rodon makes his season debut for the White Sox tonight. The young lefty only pitched in one Spring Training game before being placed on the 60-day disabled list with left biceps bursitis. In three career starts against the Yankees, Rodon is 1-2 with a 9.64 ERA.

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Tyler Austin is out of the lineup tonight, which indicates that his hamstring is still bugging him. Austin Romine starts for the second consecutive night at first base. Brett Gardner, who entered last night’s game as a pinch-runner, shifts to center field to give Jacoby Ellsbury a breather.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – CF
  2. Aaron Judge – RF
  3. Gary Sánchez – C
  4. Didi Gregorius – SS
  5. Chase Headley – 3B
  6. Austin Romine – 1B
  7. Miguel Andújar – DH
  8. Tyler Wade – LF
  9. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
Chicago White Sox
  1. Yolmer Sánchez – 2B
  2. Melky Cabrera – LF
  3. José Abreu – 1B
  4. Avisaíl García – RF
  5. Todd Frazier – 3B
  6. Matt Davidson – DH
  7. Tim Anderson – SS
  8. Omar Narváez – C
  9. Adam Engel – CF

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