Don't worry, we're back to providing you with all of the game coverage that you might be looking for on a daily basis. The Yankees made a three-game stop in Anaheim, playing nothing but 10:05 pm games that kept me away from staying up until 1 am to watch.
But thankfully that series is over, and the Yankees are in a relatively much closer time zone in Milwaukee for a three-game weekend set against the Brewers, who got off to a great start in April, winning a franchise-record 20 games in the first month of the season. However, they have cooled off dramatically as of late, losing five of their seven games so far in the month of May.
The Yankees, meanwhile, entered Anaheim playing pretty crappy, and after a terrible Monday night loss that saw them walk in three straight 8th inning runs, the fought back to win the next two games of the series, getting good starting performances from David Phelps and Hiroki Kuroda.
Being in Milwaukee, the Yankees will lose the DH for this series, and few other NL series they have this month. This means that -- and here's the fun part -- that Masahiro Tanaka will have to bat tonight!
Yep, the Yankees' $175 million pitcher will grab some lumber and take some swings tonight (maybe) in the series opener at 8:05 pm ET.
Tonight's lineup vs Milwaukee:
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann C
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Brett Gardner LF
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Masahiro Tanaka SP
Pitching matchup preview:
Masahiro Tanaka, as I mentioned above, gets the ball tonight for the Bombers, who look to extend their small winning streak to 3 games. Tanaka, himself, is also looking to extend a winning streak.
Tanaka has not lost any of his six Major League starts this season, going 4-0, and has not lost a start in his career since August 19, 2012. Another streak worth watching, he hasn't given up more than three runs in any of his starts this year, either.
Tanaka's last outing came against the Tampa Bay Rays this past weekend at Yankee Stadium. The right-hander got off the a rough start, giving up three runs in the first four innings, before the Yankees' offense battled back to score nine unanswered runs, getting Tanaka the no-decision as he ended his pitching seven solid innings.
The Brewers tonight will be sending Yovani Gallardo to the mound. Gallardo, himself, was once an ace of the Brewers' pitching staff, but hasn't been as good over the past couple of years.
However, Gallardo has been throwing the ball very well this season. He enters tonight's start with a 2.41 ERA in seven starts, and has gone at least six inning in all of those outings. He took the loss in his last trip to the mound, though, giving up four runs in nine hits to the Cincinnati Reds.