The Yankees enjoyed success on Tanaka Day on Friday night, but couldn't do much to make Pineda Day just as successful the very next day.
A day after scoring seven runs in a four-run victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees' offense was fairly quiet Saturday afternoon, mustering up just seven hits in the shutout loss at the hands of R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays bullpen.
The heart of the Yankees' lineup -- Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Alfonso Soriano -- combined to go 0-for-12 with three strikeouts, and the offense as a whole missed out on countless scoring opportunities, and couldn't backup the six innings of one-run ball that Michael Pineda held the Jays to.
The Yankees, by the way, failed to hit a homerun in the 5th game of the year, and they are alone with the Kansas City Royals as the only big league teams without a homerun.
"They know how to pitch now. It's hard now to hit a homer, especially the way they pitch," Soriano told the media after the game. "You make adjustments, and it's a long season. I know that when everybody gets ready at home plate, those homers are going to come."
Today the Yankees will go for their first series win of the series, with first pitch scheduled for 1:07 pm ET at the Rogers Centre.
Today's lineup vs Toronto:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Brian McCann C
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Kelly Johnson 1B
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
Pitching matchup preview: CC Sabathia vs. Drew Hutchinson
Today's start is a big one for CC Sabathia. Not only is he trying to improve upon his terrible Opening Day start, but he is trying to save the Yankees from losing 2 out of 3 to two of the worst teams in baseball to start the season. The Yankees lineup did not look particularly lively yesterday, so it may be up to him to really dominate the Blue Jays in order for the Yanks to win.
Drew Hutchinson will get the ball for Toronto, also making his second start of the year. In his first big league start in nearly two years, the 23-year old went 5.1 shutout innings allowing just 3 hits to the Tampa Bay Rays last week, and after an impressive Arizona Fall League campaign, Toronto views him as an important part of their rotation and their plans to compete this year.