Game 69 – Please don’t whack Tanak

The New York Yankees are back home at Yankee Stadium after a successful road trip (anytime you win more than you lose with a West Coast swing is a good thing) that did have its share of ugh moments. And the pitching match-up is a potentially sparkling arm party. The Yankees, of course, host the current leaders of the AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Masahiro Tanaka will need to keep the big boys of the Blue Jays’ lineup in the park, one of the few things he has had trouble doing at home. Runs might come at a premium as the Blue Jays throw out a nice arm in Marcus Stroman. Stroman can run afoul of pitch counts or he could completely shut down just about any team. It depends on the night.

Some pre-game notes: Francisco Cervelli will be back in the Yankees’ dugout (can we get a sardonic yay?) as he came off the DL and John Ryan Murphy was sent down to Triple-A. Yangervis Solarte is sitting again. See Katy Sharp’s piece on that young man’s current batting woes.

Oh, and if you want to keep up with rivals, the Red Sox designated Grady Sizemore today. Thinking…nah. And in a somewhat shocking move, Steve Delabar, a fixture in the Blue Jays’ bullpen has been sent to the minors.

The lineups:

Toronto Blue Jays:

  1. Jose Reyes – SS
  2. Melky Cabrera – LF
  3. Jose Bautista – RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion – 1B
  5. Brett Lawrie – 3B
  6. Dioner Navarro – C
  7. Juan Francisco – DH
  8. Munenori Kawasaki – 2B
  9. Anthony Gose – CF

SP – Marcus Stroman

New York Yankees:

  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  5. Brian McCann – C
  6. Carlos Beltran – DH
  7. Ichiro Suzuki – RF
  8. Brian Roberts – 2B
  9. Kelly Johnson – 3B

SP – Masahiro Tanaka

The game starts at 7:05 and can be seen locally on WWOR.

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.