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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Domingo Germán vs. Chris Archer

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Domingo Germán looks to bounce back after a rough first start in today’s Saturday afternoon matinee.

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Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Well, yesterday afternoon’s game was no fun, was it? I personally wasn’t able to watch, but the 10-5 score doesn’t exactly make me think I would have enjoyed watching it. The glorious thing about baseball, however, is that after (almost) every loss, there’s another game to play.

Domingo Germán gets the ball for the Yankees, making his second start of the season. Germán looks to get back on track after a rough first start. After a spring training in which he gave up only two runs, struck out 17, and walked only one, Germán’s first start, against the Toronto Blue Jays last Sunday, looks like a train wreck: he was able to last only three innings and gave up three runs on four hits (two homers), striking out two and walking one; he certainly was overshadowed by the six scoreless, one-hit innings Michael King followed him with. In truth, however, the entirety of Toronto’s run production came in the second inning: in the first and third innings, only two runners reached base — and one of them reached on an error!

Opposing him will be Chris Archer, making the second start of his second stint with the Tampa Bay Rays. One week ago, he made his first start since August 20, 2019, having missed the entire 2020 season due to surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He lasted only two innings, surrendering three runs on four hits, and striking out only two. At the age of 32, Archer is far from the ace that he was early in his first stint with Tampa Bay, and in truth has not been more than a mid-to-back-of-the-rotation starter since 2016.

Gio Urshela is back in the lineup today for the Yankees after a one-day stint on the COVID-19 list; he missed yesterday’s game due to the side effects of the vaccination. Additionally, Clint Frazier gets the day off, with Brett Gardner starting in left field and batting sixth. Oh, and that Aaron Judge guy is also back.

How to watch

Location: Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FL

First pitch: 1:10 p.m. ET

TV broadcast: YES Network, Bally Sports Sun, MLB Network (out-of-market)

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Online stream: MLB.tv, Fubo

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Let’s go Yankees!