Game Four: Yanks at Blue Jays 4/4/14

Happy TANAK Day, everyone!

Game Four of the season on the fourth day of the fourth month in the year 2014. That’s a lot of fours. Last night the Yankees scored four runs in Houston. It would be nice if they could duplicate that tonight or perhaps score more!

So tonight marks Masahiro Tanaka‘s debut and he will dueling against fellow right hander Dustin McGowan.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran DH
McCann C
Teixeira 1B
Johnson 3B
Suzuki RF
Solarte 2B
Anna SS

BLUE JAYS
Cabrera LF
Rasmus CF
Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Lind DH
Navarro C
Lawrie 3B
Goins 2B
Diaz SS

Some game notes:

    • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, INF Yangervis Solarte (672 career minor league games) and INF Dean Anna (554 career minor league games) are the only players who made a 2014 MLB Opening Day roster who had played at least 500 games in the minors without ever having previously played in the Majors. That’s pretty amazing and good for them.
    • THIS DAY IN YANKEE HISTORY: April 4, 1989 – On Opening Day at Minnesota, Yankees starter Tommy John sets a Major League record by pitching in his 26th Major League season (since broken by Nolan Ryan with 27). He allows just 2R in 7.0IP, earning the 287th win of his career in a 4-2 Yankees victory.

It’s Opening Night in Toronto – they began the season on the road in Tampa – so the game will be starting a little later than usual at 7:30 instead of the customary 7:07 p.m. (I always get a kick out of that.)

Anyway, enjoy the game and go Yanks!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.