The Yankees and Cubs were rained out yesterday, meaning that the two sides will play a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.
Derek Jeter will not in the lineup for the day game, which starts at 1:05 pm ET. Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced to the media this morning that Jeter will, however, be in the lineup for the night game, when the Cubs with have left hander Travis Wood starting on the mound.
The Yankees haven't played since Sunday, because of the rainout yesterday and an off-day on Monday. Their last game was on Sunday, and it was a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox, who the Yankees took three of four games against in their first meeting of the season.
Also not on the lineup today for the first game is Brian Roberts, who told reporters that he has a lower back strain, and he took some medicine for it. He also said that he coupld play today if needed.
Today's Game 1 lineup against Chicago:
- LF Brett Gardner
- RF Carlos Beltran
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- DH Alfonso Soriano
- C Brian McCann
- 2B Yangervis Solarte
- 1B Kelly Johnson
- SS Dean Anna
- 3B Scott Sizemore
Pitching matchup preview: Masahiro Tanaka vs Jason Hammel
Happy Tanaka Day! Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound for the Yankees in the day game, making his third start of the year, second at Yankee Stadium.
Tanaka struck out 10 in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles. He gave up a three-run homerun to Jonathan Schoop in the 2nd inning to put the Yankees down, but the offense rallied back, and was able to get Tanaka a no-decision in the 5-4 loss.
"If you look at the first two starts, the beginning of the game, I'm missing my spots and giving up runs," Tanaka told MLB.com through an interpreter. "I need to make my adjustments, try not to do that. Try to keep the damage to a minimum -- or no damage at all -- at the beginning of the game."
Right-hander Jason Hammel gets the ball for the Cubs in Game 1. Hammel is no stranger to pitching against the Yankees, since he's already faced the Bombers 17 times in his career while with the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.
"They're a perennial powerhouse and find a way to win, and the organization is committed to their players. That's how they do it," Hammel said. "That being said, there's still a way to beat them. I've faced them many times and had some success. You just have to keep the ball down there."