The homestand last week was a mostly successful one for the Yankees. They went 4-2, winning series against the Padres and the Red Sox. They also technically gained some ground in the AL East race, going from 2 to 2.5 up after Sunday night’s game.
Now it’s back out on the road for two series. The roadtrip kicks off tonight as the Yankees head north of the border to meet the Blue Jays for the first time all season.
For the series opener, the Yankees will be sending Masahiro Tanaka to the hill. Tanaka struggled last time out, allowing more runs in the first inning than he had in his previous four starts combined. Tonight, he’ll look to bounce back against a team he has a career sub 3.00 ERA against.
Behind him is a fairly normal lineup, with the only changes from Sunday being Cameron Maybin going in for Clint Frazier, who slides into the DH spot, and Gary Sanchez going back behind the plate.
As for Toronto, this will be the first look the Yankees will have at Vladmir Guerrero Jr. On the season, Guerrero’s numbers are slightly above average, but he does come in with a 1.238 OPS over the last week.
On the mound for the Blue Jays will be Clayton Richard, who has allowed three runs in eights innings so far this season.
The game can be seen on YES and Fubo TV, or heard on WFAN or WADO. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 PM ET. Go Yankees, go baseball.