NEW YORK — It's the first rubber match of the season, an opportunity for the Yankees to win their first three-game set of the year.
With Domingo Germán on the bump, New York takes on the Toronto Blue Jays in the Bronx on Sunday afternoon.
To get you set for first pitch, here are Sunday's starting lineups and some related reading.
New York Yankees
DJ LeMahieu 2B
Aaron Judge DH
Aaron Hicks CF
Gleyber Torres SS
Jay Bruce 1B
Gary Sánchez C
Clint Frazier RF
Gio Urshela 3B
Brett Gardner LF
Domingo Germán SP
With no off days for the rest of the road trip, Yankees manager Aaron Boone is using Sunday as a day to give Giancarlo Stanton some rest and allow Aaron Judge to get off his feet. Judge starts at DH while Stanton is off, allowing Brett Gardner to get his first start of the year.
Sunday will be Germán's first start at Yankee Stadium since 2019, prior to his 81-game ban for violating the league's domestic violence policies. He was magnificent in spring training, looking to carry that momentum into the regular season.
Toronto Blue Jays
Marcus Semien 2B
Cavan Biggio 3B
Bo Bichette SS
Teoscar Hernández RF
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF
Randal Grichuk CF
Joe Panik DH
Alejandro Kirk C
Similar lineup to what we've seen from the Jays these last two games, just mixing in a few new faces at the end of the order. New York's arms have given up just three runs in each of the first two games of the year against this Blue Jays offense.
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Scoreless first frame for both teams. Bo Bichette ripped a double down the right-field line off Germán, but was stranded at second when the right-hander struck out Teoscar Hernández. In the bottom half, Aaron Judge sent a 114.1-mph missile to second base but it was hauled in by Marcus Semien.
Germán has missed his spots in the second and the Blue Jays have made him pay. Two home runs (from Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Randal Grichuk) put Toronto in front, 3-0.
Michael King comes in to start the fourth, signaling the end of Germán's 2021 debut. Here's his final line:
Clint Frazier helps get the Yankees on the board. He beats out a double, tagging to third on a fly out and then scoring on a ground ball in the infield. It's 3-1, Jays.
Nothing doing for either side these last few innings. Michael King has been magnificent in relief, throwing four scoreless. He's out to start the eighth, his fifth inning out of the 'pen.
FINAL: Yankees 1, Blue Jays 3
As much as Michael King kept New York in the game, the bats simply couldn't bring the Yankees back. New York falls 3-1, and drops the first series of the season to Toronto.
Yankees will be back in action on Monday, starting out a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx. Thanks for following along and we'll see you then.