TAMPA— After a long winter and weeks of workouts at camp, the Yankees will take the field for the first time this spring on Sunday. New York hosts the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field to open their slate of Grapefruit League games.
As we draw closer to first pitch, here's a look at both starting lineups and what to expect this afternoon:
New York Yankees
DJ LeMahieu 2B
Aaron Judge RF
Gleyber Torres SS
Luke Voit 1B
Gary Sánchez DH
Clint Frazier LF
Miguel Andújar 3B
Robinson Chirinos C
Mike Tauchman CF
Michael King SP
It's no surprise most of the regulars are starting on Sunday in pinstripes. Yankees manager Aaron Boone mentioned a few days ago he's planning on working those position players in early and often this spring.
Boone also said he's holding back Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton, so don't be alarmed that they won't be playing on Sunday. Gardner was taking fly balls during batting practice this morning, so it's not like he's out of commission.
After Michael King, here are the other pitchers that'll likely take the mound against Toronto, per Boone:
Toronto Blue Jays
Cavan Biggio 3B
Marcus Semien 2B
Bo Bichette SS
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B
Rowdy Tellez DH
Danny Jansen C
Josh Palacios RF
Jonathan Davis CF
Anthony Kay SP
New York gets an early taste of Toronto's dangerous trio of phenoms: Biggio, Bichette and Guerrero. Although George Springer isn't in the lineup, the Yankees will see Marcus Semien in a Blue Jays uniform for the first time.
To get you set for game time, here's some related reading with everything from observations at Yankees camp to how excited the Bombers are to welcome fans back to the ballpark:
- Five Observations From Full-Squad Workouts at Yankees Camp
- Yankees 'Can't Wait' For Fans to Return to the Stands This Spring
- Will Domingo Germán Make the Yankees' Starting Rotation?
- Yankees' Gleyber Torres Has Put Last Season's Defensive Woes Behind Him
We're underway in Tampa! Here's a look at the Yankees' starting lineup being introduced and moments later, the Yankees taking the field.
Michael King ran into some trouble in the top of the first, allowing a two-run double off the bat of Rowdy Tellez with two men out. Toronto jumps in front to a 2-0 lead with the Yanks coming to bat.
King gives up another run in his second inning of work as Cavan Biggio pounds an RBI double into the left-center field gap. The right-hander's pitch count is getting pretty high now, odds are he's done for the day.
King's final line isn't pretty. Two innings, three runs, three hits, two walks and two hit batters. It's early, though (obviously). He can still have a big role on this team come Opening Day
The Yankees don't have a hit through three innings. Robinson Chirinos and Clint Frazier hit the ball hard, but New York's offense has done nothing so far. The starters will likely get one more at-bat before some reserves enter the game.
It's 5-0 Blue Jays. Single just dropped in front of Clint Frazier, who couldn't quite throw the runner out at home. Not the best outing for the Bombers so far, but hey, it's spring training.
Now, the Yankees are on the board. After a DJ LeMahieu leadoff single, Gleyber Torres doubled down the left field line. Then, Luke Voit reached on an error to push the first run of the spring across.
Catcher Rob Brantly and outfielder Mike Tauchman hit back-to-back home runs to cut the deficit to one! Tauchman's solo shot nearly left the stadium, soaring onto the overhang down the right-field line.
Toronto added one more run on a solo home run and the Yankees went down in order in the bottom half. Since the Yankees are playing seven-inning games early on this spring, that'll do it. One game in the books.
FINAL: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 4
New York hosts the Detroit Tigers on Monday afternoon, same time and same place. Gerrit Cole is scheduled to start with Jameson Taillon coming on in relief.