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New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Domingo Germán vs. Alek Manoah

The Yankees will face a blue-chip prospect making his MLB debut in the first game of this doubleheader.

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For hitters, familiarity tends to breed success. The more a hitter gets to see a certain pitcher, odds are the better that hitter will do. That could pose a hurdle to a hot-and-cold Yankee offense this afternoon, as they’ll face a pitcher they’ve never seen before, when Blue Jays prospect Alek Manoah makes his MLB debut in the Bronx in the first game of this doubleheader. As a reminder, the rules from last year still apply and both contests will be seven innings long unless extras are needed.

After a sterling performance in Triple-A, where he notched a 0.50 ERA and 40.9-percent K rate in three starts, Manoah was promoted to the major league club. The 11th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Alek becomes the second player from that class to make the majors, about six weeks after Chicago’s Andrew Vaughn. He’ll sit mid-90s with a good fastball, possesses an average changeup that will be the key to him being a rotation piece, but his real money pitch is the slider, arguably the best in Triple-A. A lot of his success today will be driven by how well Manoah is able to fool Yankee hitters with that breaking ball.

The Yankees will counter with Domingo Germán, on a nice little run with at least six innings worked in five of his last six starts. He’s brought his ERA down to 3.05, with an xERA of 3.69. Germán’s only appearance this year against the Blue Jays came on April 4th, where he made it through just three innings, allowing two home runs.

Of note in the lineup is that DJ LeMahieu is back from the paternity list and leading off. He’s playing third, as Gio Urshela is out for the first game with Mike Ford in at first base ... and hitting fifth. Choices were made. Kyle Higashioka will catch this one, which makes sense given how well Gary Sánchez worked with the second game’s starter, Jordan Montgomery, last time out. The Yankees made some moves prior to the this afternoon as well, promoting Estevan Florial, and Albert Abreu. The 27th man, Nick Nelson, will only be available for the second game.

Once this game wraps up, the nightcap will begin half an hour later or 7:05 p.m. ET — whichever comes first. We’ll have a separate thread coming up for that one.

First pitch: 4:05 p.m. ET

TV broadcast: YES Network, SNET-1, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Online stream: MLB.tv

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