Game 3: Yankees at Astros
Is this a must-win game in April? No, not really … but, on the other hand, it wouldn’t hurt to get into the ‘W’ column. You never want to be swept, especially by an Astros team that lost 111 games last season. Ivan Nova and Brett Oberholtzer are your pitching matchup tonight from Minute Maid Park, getting started at 8:10 p.m. ET.
Here are the quick hits you need to know:
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play their third game of the season tonight at Houston… is the third 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.
They have started 0-2 for the third consecutive season… have dropped their first three games just twice in the previous 25 seasons from 1989-2013 (0-3 in 1998 and 2012).
YESTERDAY’S NEWS: The Yankees lost on Wednesday at Houston, 3-1… Yankees pitchers allowed just four combined hits (two of which were solo HRs) and held Astros hitters to 0-for-5 with RISP… Yankees batters had one extra-base hit (Beltran double) and scored their only run on a double-play groundout in the seventh… RHP Hiroki Kuroda started and took the loss, allowing 2ER in 6.0IP (3H, 1BB, 5K, 1HR)… 2B Brian Roberts (3-for-4) had three singles… C Brian McCann (2-for-4) singled twice… LHP Matt Thornton (0.1IP, 1BB) made his first appearance as a Yankee.
CURTAIN CALL: SS Derek Jeter leads all active MLB players 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.
Here are the lineups, brought to you by the outstanding brisket and ribs served at Gatlin’s BBQ. It’s a scheduled day off for Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann; Joe Girardi didn’t want to play Ellsbury in three straight games because of his interrupted spring, and McCann will be behind the plate tomorrow night to catch Masahiro Tanaka.
Brett Gardner CF
Ivan Nova RHP
Dexter Fowler CF
Brett Oberholtzer LHP