I don’t know about you, but I am officially in “let’s get the regular season started already” mode. The novelty of Grapefruit League games has worn off. Don’t get me wrong, baseball is better than no baseball, but I’m ready for meaningful games. There are 12 days and eleven exhibition games to go between now and Opening Day. It feels so close and yet so far at the same time.
The Yankees will host the AL East rival Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field this morning. Former Blue Jay J.A. Happ, who we haven’t seen much this spring because he’s mostly pitched in non-televised games, is on the mound and he said he’s starting to feel like himself following his last start. He’s got today and one more spring start to feel fully like himself before the regular season. Here is the Blue Jays’ lineup and here are the players the Yankees will use today:
- CF Brett Gardner
- DH Aaron Judge
- RF Giancarlo Stanton
- 1B Greg Bird
- SS Gleyber Torres
- C Austin Romine
- LF Clint Frazier
- 2B Tyler Wade
- 3B Gio Urshela
LHP J.A. Happ
Available Position Players: C Francisco Diaz, C Jorge Saez, 1B/3B Brandon Wagner, IF Angel Aguilar, IF Thairo Estrada, OF Gosuke Katoh, IF Kyle Holder, IF Wendell Rijo, OF Devyn Bolasky, OF Estevan Florial, OF Matt Lipka, OF Zack Zehner. Wagner, Aguilar, Estrada, Katoh, Rijo, Bolasky, and Zehner are up from minor league camp for the game.
Available Pitchers: LHP Zack Britton, LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Phil Diehl, RHP Raynel Espinal, RHP Jonathan Holder, RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP Trevor Lane, RHP Greg Weissert. Lane and Weissert are extra arms from minor league camp.
The weather isn’t great in Tampa today. It’s cloudy and humid with some scattered showers in the forecast throughout the afternoon. They might be playing through some rain drops in the middle innings. Today’s game will begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch live on YES and MLB.tv. There are no MLB.tv blackouts in Spring Training. Enjoy the game.