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 and is co-host of the It's About The Yankees, Stupid podcast. When she's not blogging about baseball, she's blogging about the New York Knicks and when she's not doing either of those things, she's tweeting about General Hospital and her cats.