New York Yankees Spring Coaching Opener Dwell Updates

TAMPA – After a long winter and weeks of workouts at camp, the Yankees will be out on the field on Sunday for the first time this spring. New York is hosting the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field to open the Grapefruit League games.

As we get closer to the first pitch, here’s a look at both grid lines and what to expect this afternoon:

New York Yankees

DJ LeMahieu 2B

Aaron Richter RF

Gleyber Torres SS

Hatch to 1B

Gary Sánchez DH

Clint Frazier LF

Miguel Andújar 3B

Robinson Chirinos C.

Mike Tauchman CF.

Michael King SP

It’s no surprise that most regulars start in pinstripes on Sunday. Yankees manager Aaron Boone mentioned a few days ago that he plans to employ these positional players early and often this spring.

Boone also said he is holding Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton back, so don’t be alarmed they won’t play on Sunday. Gardner was taking fly balls during punch training this morning, so it’s not like he’s out of order.

After Michael King, here are the other pitchers who Boone says will likely take the hill against Toronto:

Toronto Blue Jays

Cavan Biggio 3B

Marcus Semien 2B

Bo Bichette SS

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B

Rowdy Tellez DH

Danny Jansen C.

Josh Palacios RF

Jonathan Davis CF.

Anthony Kay SP

New York gets an early glimpse of Toronto’s dangerous trio of phenomena: Biggio, Bichette and Guerrero. Although George Springer is not on the line-up, the Yankees will see Marcus Semien in a Blue Jays uniform for the first time.

To prepare you for game time, here’s some related reading, from observations at Yankees camp to the bombers’ excitement about welcoming fans back to the stadium:

We’re traveling in Tampa! Here’s a look at the Yankees starting grid featured and moments later as the Yankees take the field.


First inning

Michael King got into trouble at the top of the first round, allowing Rowdy Tellez to double with two runs with two men. Toronto jumps 2-0 in the lead, the Americans come to the beat.

Second inning

King gives up another run in his second inning of work when Cavan Biggio hits an RBI double into the gap in the center left. The right dealer’s pitch count is getting pretty high now, the chances are good he’s done for the day.

King’s last line isn’t pretty. Two innings, three runs, three hits, two walks and two hit batters. However, it’s early (obviously). He can still play a big role in this team on opening day

Third inning

The Yankees didn’t get a hit through three innings. Robinson Chirinos and Clint Frazier hit the ball hard, but New York’s offensive has so far failed. The starters will likely get another bat before some reserves come into play.

Fourth inning

It’s 5-0 Blue Jays. Single just fell in front of Clint Frazier, who couldn’t quite kick the runner out at home. Not the best outing for the bombers so far, but hey, it’s spring training.

Now the Yankees are on the board. After a DJ LeMahieu leadoff single, Gleyber Torres doubled the left field line. Then Luke Voit hit a mistake to cross the first run of spring.

Fifth inning

Catcher Rob Brantly and outfielder Mike Tauchman hit consecutive home runs to reduce the deficit to one! Tauchman’s solo shot almost left the stadium and climbed the overhang of the right field line.

Seventh inning

Toronto added another run on a solo home run and the Yankees went alright in the bottom half. With the Yankees playing seven inning games earlier this spring, it will. A game in the books.

FINAL: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 4

New York will host the Detroit Tigers at the same time and location on Monday afternoon. Gerrit Cole is said to start with Jameson Taillon, who comes for relief.

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