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New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles: Gerrit Cole vs. Keegan Akin

Gleyber Torres returns to the lineup just in time to face his favorite opponent

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Happy Labor Day weekend everybody! What better way to spend it than to take in some Yankees baseball? Last night brought a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, we got to see the Yankees’ two highly-touted pitching prospects appear in the same game, including the much-anticipated MLB debut for Clarke Schmidt. On the other, the two youngsters fell victim to the extreme variance that makes baseball unique, and combined to give up six runs on mostly weak contact.

Tonight is the ace’s turn, with Gerrit Cole taking the mound. Cole’s diminished effectiveness is well-documented, and has returned mixed results with which I am certain the flame-throwing righty is dissatisfied. His task will not be a walk in the park, as he is facing a Baltimore lineup that scored six runs in both games yesterday. For the season, Cole is 4-2 with 3.91 ERA, 4.83 FIP, 1.109 WHIP, and 60 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched.

As for the home team, Keegan Akin is making his second start of the season. The Baltimore rookie gave up two unearned runs on three hits with six strikeouts in that 4.1 inning start. On the year, Akin has 3.52 ERA, 4.57 FIP, and 1.043 WHIP in 7.2 total innings of work.

The Yankees received about the best piece of news they could earlier today, as it was announced Gleyber Torres would be rejoining the team after missing time with quad and hamstring issues. He slots right into the three-hole of the lineup, and is restarting his season in the best possible scenario. The young shortstop has put up historic numbers against the Orioles, and I bet Gary Thorne must be thrilled to see his name back on the card.

As for the Orioles, they are missing one of their better bats in Anthony Santander, perhaps for the year, after he suffered an oblique injury in the first game of last night’s doubleheader. Still, these batters have shown they can score runs in bunches, and Cole will need to be on his game.

How to watch:

Location: Oriole Stadium at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD.

First pitch: 7:35 p.m. EDT

TV broadcast: YES Network

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM

Online Stream: Fox Sports Go

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