Yankees arrive at Wrigley for two-game set
The Yankees are back for a rare visit to Wrigley Field this week, and they’ll have some time to settle into their hotel rooms. This two-game Interleague series moves right into a four-game set against the Jose Abreu-less White Sox on the South Side, so everyone should have plenty of time to cross things off their Chicago to-do lists. The Yankees wrap up this nine-game trip with three games against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
This is the Yankees’ third trip to Wrigley since the 1938 World Series. In 2003 and 2011, they played three games here, with the Yankees winning two of three games. There’s a good local backstory this time around; the Cubs made legitimate pushes to woo both Joe Girardi and Masahiro Tanaka this past offseason, and fell short in both cases.
Some early buzz here, which we’ll dig into with more detail later this afternoon — Carlos Beltran has apparently decided to try playing through the bone spur in his right elbow, according to the New York Daily News. Also, Stephen Drew has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal that will have him playing shortstop for the Red Sox. The Yankees were never close on anything with Drew, though you certainly could make the case that he’d have helped their infield situation.
Here are the pitching matchups for the series — under the lights tonight, old-school day baseball tomorrow:
Tonight: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-0, 2.17) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (4-2, 3.06)
TV: My9, Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9 FM, 8:05 p.m. ET
Tomorrow: RHP Chase Whitley (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 1.62)
TV: YES, Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9 FM, 2:05 p.m. ET