The New York Yankees dropped their first game of the season Saturday against the Giants, as a rough outing in relief from Michael King and a less-than-convincing outing from starter Clarke Schmidt allowed San Francisco to squeak out a 7-5 victory.
The Yankees put together a rally in the ninth in the form of an Aaron Judge RBI single, his third hit of the game, that brought the club within two. An Anthony Rizzo walk set the stage for Giancarlo Stanton to play hero with the bases loaded, but he grounded into a double play to end the game.
Sunday's rubber match carries some interesting storylines. Anthony Volpe recorded his first two big league hits Saturday, and 25-year-old pitching prospect Jhony Brito is set to make his major league debut after his impressive spring.
With that, let's dive into Sunday's pitching matchup and starting lineup.
Yankees lineup for Sunday, April 2 vs Giants
Aaron Boone made some notable changes to the card. Gleyber Torres replaces DJ LeMahieu atop the lineup, while Isiah Kiner-Falefa makes his first start in center field. Aaron Judge shifts to his familiar right field for Giancarlo Stanton, who will DH on Sunday, while Jose Trevino moves to the bench for Kyle Higashioka.
Outside of those changes, it's business as usual for the Yankees. Coming off a two-hit game, Anthony Volpe will keep his spot in the nine hole.
Yankees Pitching Probables for Sunday, April 2 vs Giants
Brito obviously wasn't supposed to be here. At least not this early. With Frankie Montas, Carlos Rodon and Luis Severino all on the shelf, Brito, whom New York added to the 40-man roster in Novermber, earned a spot in the rotation. He capped a dominant spring with 5.1 perfect innings against the Blue Jays and allowed three runs total in 13 Grapefruit League innings.
Somewhat fittingly, Brito will face a grizzled vet in Ross Stripling. Speaking of Toronto, Stripling is coming off an efficient year with the Jays. In 24 starts, he logged a 3.01 ERA with 111 strikeouts, a 1.020 WHIP and 3.11 FIP. He struggled in the spring, however, allowing 19 earned runs in 23 innings.
Here's to Brito piggybacking off a strong spring and Judge, Rizzo, and the newly-hot Volpe getting some support from the rest of the lineup.