Game 2: Yankees at Astros

Here’s what you need to know for tonight’s game, which gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET from Minute Maid Park in Houston:

FOR OPENERS: The Yankees will play their second game of the season tonight at Houston after opening the 112th season in franchise history with a 6-2 loss on Tuesday to the Astros…is the second game of a six-game road trip that also includes three games at Toronto (4/4-6)…following this road trip, return home for a 10-day, nine-game homestand vs. Baltimore (4/7-9), vs. Boston (4/10-13) and vs. Chicago-NL (4/15-16)…will play 18 of their first 31 games at home.

New York has 10 players on their Opening Day active roster who were on the 2013 OD active roster (P-7: Kelley, Kuroda, Nova, Phelps, Robertston, Sabathia, Warren; C-1: Cervelli; INF-0: None; OF-2: Gardner, Suzuki)…Jeter, Pineda and Teixeira were all on the D.L. on OD 2013.…the 15 players new to the Yankees’ OD active roster are: (P-5: Betances, Nuno Pineda, Tanaka, Thornton; C-1: McCann; INF-6: Anna, Jeter, Johnson, Roberts, Solarte, Teixeira; OF-3: Beltran, Ellsbury, Soriano).

Just three of the nine players in the Yankees’ 2013 Opening Day starting batting order are still in the organization at any level (Cervelli, Gardner and Suzuki).

CURTAIN CALL: With his start in Tuesday’s Opening Day loss at Houston, SS Derek Jeter began his 20th and final season as a Yankee, breaking a tie with Mariano Rivera (19 seasons) to become the longest tenured player in franchise… leads all active MLBers and is the Yankees franchise leader with 3,317 career hits… needs just 2H to tie Paul Molitor (3,319) for eighth place on MLB’s all-time hits list and fourth place on the all-time AL hits list.

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: The Yankees dropped their season opener on Tuesday at Houston, 6-2 …Yankees pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts and held Astros batters scoreless with just 3H from the third inning on …LHP CC Sabathia started and took the loss, allowing 6ER in 6.0IP (8H, 1BB, 6K, 2HR, 1WP)…1B Mark Teixeira (2-for-3) had two singles (including an RBI-single in the eighth) and was the only Yankee to record a multi-hit game…RF Carlos Beltran (1-for-4) had his first hit as a Yankee with a fourth-inning single…C Brian McCann (1-for-4) had his first hit as a Yankee with an RBI-single in the eighth…3B Kelly Johnson (1-for-4) had his first hit as a Yankee with a ninth-inning double…RHP Dellin Betances (1.0IP, 2K) tossed a perfect eighth and LHP Vidal Nuno (1.0IP, 1H, 3K) tossed a scoreless ninth.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (0-1)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brett Gardner LF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

ASTROS (1-0)

Dexter Fowler CF
Robbie Grossman LF
Jason Castro C
Jose Altuve 2B
Chris Carter DH
Marc Krauss 1B
Matt Dominguez 3B
Alex Presley RF
Jonathan Villar SS

Jarred Cosart RHP

UMPIRES: Phil Cuzzi HP, Brian Knight 1B, Quinn Wolcott 2B, Gerry Davis-CC 3B.

4 Comments

well we’re off to an underwhelming start! Trouble is the Yankees had guys in and out of the lineup right up to the last game in spring training and this regular team hasn’t played together and a lot of the guys haven’t had many at bats. They just look very uncomfortable at the plate and even in the field. Not great defence so far either. Hopefully this team will get it going soon. So far don’t really like what I’m seeing.

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I’m already friggin frustrated with this Yankees team. You would think Kuroda when the guy hit a home run first time up to bat and at 3-2 the second time would not pitch a fat one across the plate for him to hit a triple. Let the guy walk. Fowler has the only 2 hits so far and as a result 2-0. And where’s the Yankee offense? The big money guys are not hitting. And Teixeira is useless at the plate. All he can do is strike out. And Soriano is not much better. Some terrible swings at some terrible pitches. I know it’s early but this team needs to start winning. Astros is one of the worst teams in the league. Great to be swept by the Astros in the first series of the season. So far Yankees are no Bronx Bombers.

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Excellent point. Broadcasting is all about chatter, meaningless and endless stats.
Not surprising that interest in the game continues to diminish. The era of the true professional in baseball broadcasting is over. The former players that dominate the airwaves now, are more about letting us know how little we know and less about making the games interesting and exciting. Suzyn Waldman and the other guy( I forget him name) are the exceptions to this.

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Would it have killed the NYY brass to let TV viewers see the little ceremony honoring Jeter instead of the incessant prattle of the pregame show? Enough with the stats, interviews, and general BS: let us just watch the damn games with some silence. It’s bad enough that every little thing has a sponsor…I’m considering hitting the mute button.

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