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:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Hiroki Kuroda RHP
Dexter Fowler CF
Jarred Cosart RHP
UMPIRES: Phil Cuzzi HP, Brian Knight 1B, Quinn Wolcott 2B, Gerry Davis-CC 3B.