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:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Michael Pineda RHP
|BLUE JAYS (2-3)
Melky Cabrera LF
R.A. Dickey RHP