Game 99: Let’s Move On

It’s Tanaka Time ⏱ in St. Pete.

With the Gary Sánchez debacle from last night taken care of, the focus for the Yankees now shifts to game two in Tampa Bay.

Masahiro Tanaka was originally scheduled to start Sunday night against the Mets, but the rain had other plans. In his two starts since returning from the disabled list, he’s been classic Tanaka: allowing a home run in each. He has a 4.22 ERA and has allowed 12 hits in 10⅔ innings. He has yet to face the Rays this season, but has a 7-2 record and 4.10 ERA against them in his career.

Yonny Chirinos gets the balls for the Rays. Since debuting this season, the 24-year-old has started five times and carries an 0-1 record and 3.71 ERA. His longest outing came April 17 against Texas where he lasted 5⅔ innings and 89 pitches. He’s part of the Rays’ system of using a wide rotation of pitchers for shorter spurts.

With Sánchez on the disabled list, Austin Romine is catching. Kyle Higashioka is expected to make it to Tampa for gametime. Gleyber Torres is schedule to return tomorrow, but for now, Brandon Drury gets the start at second base. Neil Walker slides to first base as Greg Bird serves as the designated hitter. Aaron Hicks is “banged up” after his rough slide at second base in the ninth inning last night, so Brett Gardner is in center field and Giancarlo Stanton is in left field.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • Gleyber Torres is scheduled to play as the designated hitter for High-A Tampa Tarpons tonight, and return to the Yankees tomorrow.
  • Ronald Torreyes returned to action last night as Torres’ double-play partner at shortstop, but is out of the lineup tonight as the Yankees ease him back into game action.
  • The Yankees are in on the Zach Britton sweepstakes, and were labeled as one of the main contenders by MLB Network’s Jim Bowden.

Rays Lineup:

  1. Kevin Kiermaier – CF
  2. Matt Duffy – 3B
  3. Jake Bauers – LF
  4. C.J. Cron – 1B
  5. Ji-Man Choi – DH
  6. Daniel Robertson – 2B
  7. Mallex Smith – RF
  8. Willy Adames – SS
  9. Jesús Sucre – C

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