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Game 4: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays - Tanaka's big league debut

Yankees at Jays, Tanaka vs McGoawn

Bob Levey

The team got off snide last night, but we're still waiting for a few Yankees to notch some important season firsts.

Ellsbury and Soriano still need their first hit. The entire team is still waiting for their first homerun of the season; the first triple is still up for grabs, but that's less certain.

Last night, Ivan Nova recorded the season's first HBP. Here's hoping for better control from #4 starter Masahiro Tanaka.

Tonight's going to be about Tanaka in the Yankee media, but I'm excited for the Jays' Dustin McGowan, too. He makes his first start in over 2 years, as the 32-year-old battles his way from a 2010 shoulder surgery; he hopes to join Michael Pineda among MLB pitchers to come back from labrum injuries, and to avoid the sort of related injuries (oblique) that cost him MLB time last season.


1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF 1. Melky Cabrera (S) LF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF 2. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH 3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Brian McCann (L) C 4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B 5. Adam Lind (L) DH
6. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B 6. Dioner Navarro (S) C
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF 7. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
8. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B 8. Ryan Goins (L) 2B
9. Dean Anna (L) SS 9. Jonathan Diaz (R) SS