Today is a big day in Japan. Five years after they were teammates in Japan Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma will become the first former teammates from Japan to start against each other in the majors. They were matched up against each other back in 2014, but that game was rained out. Today's contest will be airing at 2:05 a.m. over in Japan and a big audience is expected to tune in. As for what's happening here in the states, the Yankees are trying to avoid getting swept by Seattle and also trying to avoid a five-game losing streak overall. Their last win was on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Tanaka got the start, but didn't get the win.
Today, Joe Girardi is switching things up a bit in the starting lineup. Alex Rodriguez, who is in an 0 for 19 skid has been moved down to sixth while Carlos Beltran has been moved up to third. A-Rod, who says he's having mechanical issues with his swing, is 3-3 with three strike outs in his career against Iwakuma. Anyone else thinking home run? No?
Here are the lineups (courtesy of Gameday):
Enjoy the game!