The rubber match against the Tribe goes to Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.07 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (3-4, 3.88 ERA). Kuroda held the Tigers to three runs and six hits in seven innings his last time out in a no decision. In his last three outings he is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA. In three career starts against Cleveland, he’s 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA. Kuroda is the only member of the Yankees’ Opening Day rotation who’s still healthy
This will be the first start for Carrasco since being demoted to the pen after going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in four starts. Out of the bullpen this year he has a 2.30 ERA and held opponents to a .217 average. “I just think he’s in a good position to go ahead and do this,” Terry Francona said. “You try to combine letting him get in there, still winning and not burning the bullpen. I think we’re probably in a situation where we can hopefully accomplish all of them.”
Brian McCann was placed on the 7 day concussion disabled list on Saturday after taking a foul ball off the mask. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion, and the team decided to place him on the DL after he visited a neurologist. “It’s not what you want, but it’s what we felt was necessary to do to protect him and to make sure that he was going to be OK,” Joe Girardi said. Francisco Cervelli will be McCann’s primary replacement, but Austin Romine was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for depth.
Notes on the game
Derek Jeter took sixth place on the all time hits list with 3,431 on Saturday.
Jeter also owns the most hits all time for any player at his position.
Yesterdays win was the first for the Tribe in the Bronx since 2011.
First pitch at 1:05 pm on Yes.