NEW YORK — In search of their first win of the 2021 regular season, the Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.
New York fell to the Jays on Thursday in an extra-innings thriller on Opening Day. Now, with Corey Kluber set to make his debut in pinstripes, the Yankees have a chance to bounce back fresh off an off day.
Before first pitch in the Bronx, here are Saturday's starting lineups, scheduled pitchers and related reading.
New York Yankees
DJ LeMahieu 2B
Aaron Judge RF
Aaron Hicks CF
Giancarlo Stanton DH
Gleyber Torres SS
Jay Bruce 1B
Gary Sánchez C
Gio Urshela 3B
Clint Frazier LF
Corey Kluber SP
Both Gary Sánchez and Clint Frazier had two hits on Opening Day, but the rest of the lineup struggled. New York left 10 runners on base, striking out 13 times in the one-run loss.
Kluber is coming off a season in which he threw one inning due to a season-ending injury. He'll look to recapture the type of form fans have seen from the right-hander when he won Cy Young Awards with the Cleveland Indians.
Toronto Blue Jays
Marcus Semien 2B
Cavan Biggio 3B
Bo Bichette SS
Teoscar Hernández RF
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF
Rowdy Tellez DH
Randal Grichuk CF
Danny Jansen C
Ross Stripling SP
Hernánez accounted for much of Toronto's offense on Thursday, crushing a home run off Gerrit Cole and adding two additional base hits.
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A double play and a strikeout gets Kluber out of a jam in the first, keeping the Blue Jays off the scoreboard early.
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both reached—on a missile of a base hit and a walk, respectively—but New York came up empty in the bottom of the first.
Another inning, another double play and strikeout for Kluber. Two scoreless innings to start the right-hander's career in pinstripes.
After two out hits from Gio Urshela and Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu brings in the first run of the game on an infield single.
Kluber works himself into a jam with a few walks. As Kluber struck out Cavan Biggio, Danny Jansen was able to score on an errant throw to second by Gary Sánchez, trying to catch Marcus Semien stealing. It's 1-1.
Gary Sánchez goes deep for the second time in as many games, bringing the Yankees in front 2-1. This one just snuck over the wall in left field, the Yankees' sixth hit of the game.
Kluber came out to start the fifth, but was quickly greeted with a solo homer from Semien. That does it for the right-hander, who allowed just two runs over four innings of work. He had five strikeouts to go along with the five hits allowed.
Impressive work from Jonathan Loaisiga to get through two scoreless innings.
Jay Bruce gives the Yankees a three-run lead, driving in two on a broken-bat single with the bases loaded. DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton scored on the play.
FINAL: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3
Chad Green got the Yankees out of a jam in the eighth and finished off the four-out save in the ninth. It's New York's first win of the 2021 regular season.
The Yankees will look to win the series on Sunday afternoon in the rubber match of this opening series against the Blue Jays. Thanks for following along and we'll see you then!