Game 5: Yankees at Blue Jays

Michael Pineda has never thrown an official pitch in a Yankees uniform, something that will finally change this afternoon. Pineda is making his first start for the club, having come all the way back from right labrum surgery to win the fifth starter competition this spring. Pineda may not throw as hard as he once did with the Mariners, where he was a 2011 All-Star, but he believes that his slider and changeup are better than they ever were with Seattle. Pineda was electric for a lot of this spring, and it will be fun to see what the Blue Jays have to say about it here at Rogers Centre.

The game is on YES and WFAN. Here are the quick hits you need to know, courtesy of the Yankees’ media relations department.:

AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees will play the second game of a three-game series at Toronto…is the fifth game of a six-game road trip that also included a season-opening three-game series at Houston (went 1-2)…following this road trip, return home for a 10-day, nine-game homestand vs. Baltimore (Mon.-Wed.), vs. Boston (4/10-13) and vs. Chicago-NL (4/15-16)…will play 18 of their first 31 games at home.

>> The Yankees have come from behind in both of their wins this season.

>> Yankees batters have not homered in their first four games of the season for just the second time since 1976 (also 1990)… since 1923, have started just four seasons without a homer through their first five games (1990-7G, 1975-6G, 1964-5G, 1938-5G).

CURTAIN CALL: SS Derek Jeter leads all active MLB players and is the Yankees franchise leader with 3,318 career hits… needs just 1H 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.

JUST GETTING STARTED: RHP Masahiro Tanaka made his Major League debut on Friday at Toronto, starting and earning the win (7.0IP, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, 1HR)…became just the third pitcher in the last 15 seasons (since 2000) to strike out at least eight batters without allowing any walks in his Major League debut (also Washington’s Stephen Strasburg on 6/8/10 vs. Pittsburgh, 14K/0BB; and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto on 4/3/08 vs. Arizona, 10K/0BB)…the only other Yankee to accomplish the feat since 1914 is Rich Beck on 9/14/65 at Washington (8K/0BB).

The lineups for both clubs:

YANKEES (2-2)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda RHP

BLUE JAYS (2-3)

Melky Cabrera LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
Josh Thole C
Ryan Goins 2B
Jonathan Diaz SS

R.A. Dickey RHP

8 Comments

This team is going to struggle to score runs as it did last season with so many weak hitters in the lineup. The infield is mediocre at best, with Tex out it just got worse. This team will struggle to hit home runs as well with Tex out. Soriano has been a strike out machine his entire career, most likely he will end the season with more strike outs than hits.

None of what I just mentioned comes as no surprise to me. Don’t be surprised to see new faces in the infield and lineup after the All Star break.

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I’ll be shocked.

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Of course you would be shocked, common sense and intelligence aren’t exactly your strengths here. Sounds like someone has been using your head as a Mexican piñata again. LOL!!!!

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not a great relief effort by Phelps but 1 run today would have been good enough for a win against the Yankees. When are the so called Bronx Bombers going to hit their 1st home run?

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Totally agree with your post robert G. Reaching the end of the rope with Phelps, his inconsistency must bother Girardi to no end. As for HRs the Bronx Bombers need some ASAP.

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Soriano needs to figure out quickly what’s wrong with his execution at the plate. He’s just swinging wildly at pitches outside of the strike zone and looking silly doing it. Suzuki’s record against Santos not great but I’d have brought Suzuki in with men on base and 8th inning and behind by a run. he couldn’t have done any worse than Soriano and he might have slapped out a single to the opposite field as he often does
I think Soriano needs to sit out a few games and get some reps in batting practice before he comes back in. He’s showing a terrible lack of discipline at the plate..

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robert G. Soriano has been doing that since he first came up with the Yankees originally. Satisfied with Pineda’s performance today, give up a single run and get ZERO hitting is a great job. Will the following folks start to hit, Soriano, Beltran, Jeter, McCann and company. Can’t win many games when you leave folks on in scoring position.

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hate knuckballers. Most hitters can’t hit them and they slow the game down to a crawl. Hope they can get Dickey off the mound and to the pen soon. Obviously Anna can’t hit Dickey with 2 guys on he strikes out for the 2nd time. The spring training game I was at when Yankees played the Blue Jays the Yankees hit Dickey all over the field and piled up 6 runs in the first two innings, but not doing it today.

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