Yankees: Aaron Boone Makes Multiple Lineup Changes for Series Finale vs Nationals


The Yankees have made a lot of changes for Sunday’s game against the Nationals.

After what New York Yankees fans can call an embarrassing loss on Saturday night against the Washington Nationals, manager Aaron Boone is going with a different lineup on Sunday for the series finale in the nation’s capital.

The Bombers will endure a tough time deploying their pitching staff since they have to go with another bullpen game after James Paxton couldn’t make it out of the second inning last night.

So on Sunday, it’ll be Jonathan Loaisiga on the bump to start the game with Gary Sanchez, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks taking a rest.

The first four batters remain the same — DJ LeMahieu said last night he should be good to go for a full nine innings after leaving early — and Luke Voit and Gio Urshela will be in the lineup for the third straight contest.

As for the rest of the squad, Kyle Higashioka will take over for Sanchez behind the plate, Mike Tauchman will man center field in place of Hicks, and Miguel Andujar will give Gardner a breather in left.

Unfortunately for Clint Frazier, who was optioned late last night, he got bumped for Andujar, who is far from a natural outfielder, though he looked OK in Summer Camp. It’s also no secret the Yankees are trying to get his bat in the lineup in whatever manner possible following his near Rookie of the Year campaign in 2018.

The lineup shouldn’t miss a beat, however. Sanchez has been dreadful, so it’ll be hard for Higashioka to be much worse. Andujar and Tauchman also both possess potent bats, so it’s not exactly a downgrade from Gardy and Hicks.

Boone clearly has confidence in this group of guys to face Patrick Corbin and bring the Yanks to 2-1, so we gotta trust the skipper.

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