This afternoon’s game is going to be a pretty big deal in Japan. Masahiro Tanaka and Hisashi Iwakuma, former teammates with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, will be facing each other in the first matchup between former NPB teammates in MLB history. (It’s the 12th matchup between two Japanese born pitchers overall.) The game starts at 2am local time in Japan, and I’m sure lots of folks are going to be staying up late to watch this one.
As for the Yankees, they’re struggling big time right now, mostly offensively. They’ve lost four straight and scored seven runs total in the four games. The Yankees are getting base-runners — 46 in their last 36 offensive innings — so it’s just a matter of cashing them in. It’ll happen soon enough, I’m sure. It would be cool if it happened today. Here is the Mariners’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- LF Brett Gardner
- RF Carlos Beltran
- 1B Mark Teixeira
- C Brian McCann
- DH Alex Rodriguez
- 2B Starlin Castro
- SS Didi Gregorius
- 3B Ronald Torreyes
RHP Masahiro Tanaka
Another great day for baseball in the Bronx. It’s sunny with no clouds whatsoever. Couldn’t ask for better baseball weather. Today’s series finale will begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Try not to pull your hair out.
Chapman Update: Aroldis Chapman made his second Extended Spring Training appearance yesterday, according to Erik Boland. He struck out two in a perfect inning, and hit 100 mph on the radar gun. Chapman is eligible to join the Yankees in three weeks from tomorrow.
YES Update: FOX regional sports affiliates, including YES, can now be streamed on Sling TV. It’s $20 a month — there’s a free seven-day trial — so it’s not free, but it’s not too pricey either. You will be able to stream Yankees games on YES, even if you’re in-market and a currently dealing with the Comcast nonsense. Here’s the Sling TV link.