After a much-needed sweep of the Blue Jays in Buffalo, the Yankees are returning home for the weekend, but don’t expect things to get easier.
Next up for the Yankees is a three-game set against the Oakland Athletics, starting tonight at Yankee Stadium. The A’s come in with one of the best records in all of baseball, with just one win fewer the the MLB-best Giants. They’ve got several players have excellent offensive seasons, and the rotation they’ll run out this weekend has been pretty strong so far this year.
Tonight’s Oakland starter is a familiar name to Yankees’ fan in James Kaprielian. The former Yankees’ first-round draft pick was among the names included the 2017 trade that brought Sonny Gray to the Bronx. It didn’t end up working out long term for the Yankees, and Kaprielian had injury issues that kept him out for multiple seasons. However, he finally made it to the majors last season, and has started this season with an impressive run of starts. Now, he’ll be facing his technically former team for the first time.
As for the Yankees themselves, Jameson Taillon will get the start. He’s coming off his worst outing of the season, after failing to get through the first inning last Saturday against the Phillies.
Go Yankees, go baseball.
How to watch
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV broadcast: YES, NBC Sports California
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Online stream: MLB.tv
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Ready for (re)Opening Day in the Bronx. #SquadUp pic.twitter.com/9IN0LMyEOX— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 18, 2021
New York— Oakland A's (@Athletics) June 18, 2021
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Starting pitcher: Kaprielian#RiseAndGrind x @Chevron pic.twitter.com/c9TMaD0gVq