New York Yankees at Washington Nationals Live Game Thread — Game 2

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After a rain-shortened victory on Opening Day, the Yankees are set to kick off Game 2 of its 2020 campaign Saturday evening.

Here's a look at the starting lineups ahead of first pitch and some news from New York and Washington:

New York Yankees (1-0) at Washington Nationals (0-1)

Saturday, July 25

First pitch: 7:15 p.m. ET

Pitching probables:

RHP Erick Fedde vs. LHP James Paxton

New York Yankees Starting Lineup

DJ LeMahieu — 2B

Aaron Judge — RF

Gleyber Torres — SS

Giancarlo Stanton — DH

Aaron Hicks — CF

Luke Voit — 1B

Gary Sánchez — C

Gio Urshela — 3B

Brett Gardner — LF

This will be DJ LeMahieu's regular season debut as he continues to recover from his case of COVID-19. Here's what Aaron Boone had to say pregame on Thursday on LeMahieu's workout during the Yankees' off day on Friday:

"He was able to give obviously a number of at-bats and then got his ground ball work in and then just meeting with him, he feels like he's ready and this was kind of the first day I think he felt really locked in, where he's raring to go. So we'll see how it unfolds tonight. I may not play him the whole game because with the lefty going tomorrow, I would like to have him back in there tomorrow. It's a day game after a night game. But I do feel good about where he's at physically and the number of at-bats he's been able to accumulate and feel like mentally he's ready to go."

Washington Nationals Starting Lineup

Trea Turner — SS

Adam Eaton — RF

Starlin Castro — 2B

Howie Kendrick — 1B

Astrúbal Cabrera — 3B

Kurt Suzuki — C

Carter Kieboom — DH

Victor Robles — CF

Michael A. Taylor — LF

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was originally scheduled to pitch tonight, but was scratched from a nerve issue in his right hand, manager Dave Martinez announced. Erick Fedde starts in his place. 

Nationals' phenom Juan Soto is still sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19 prior to Thursday's opener. 

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National Anthem

After a peaceful protest and demonstration of unity on Thursday — where all members of both teams knelt during the national anthem — both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks took a knee during Saturday's anthem.

Bottom of the second 

James Paxton didn't record an out in the second frame. He was taken out after five hitters reached (and two runs scored). One more came around on a double play as Mike King came in to stop the bleeding. Nationals take an early 3-1 lead.

Top of the third

DJ LeMahieu brings Gio Urshela in with an RBI single in his first at-bat of the season with runners in scoring position. Nats up 3-1.

Top of the fourth

Oh my goodness. Giancaro Stanton just unloaded on a home run for the second-consecutive game. This one, per Statcast, traveled 483 feet and flew off the slugger's bat at 121.3 mph. Watch this:

Bottom of the fourth

Nationals extend their lead to 5-2 on a two-run homer from Victor Robles that caromed off the left-field foul pole.

Bottom of the seventh

Washington continues to distance from New York. A home run from Astrúbal Cabrera gives the reigning champs an 8-2 lead with the Yankees running out of outs. 

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