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New York Yankees Opening Day lineup: No DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees released the Opening Day lineup towards the Washington Nationals and DJ LeMahieu is nowhere to be found.

The to start with lineup of the 2020 MLB time is out, and it belongs to the New York Yankees. The Yankees and reigning Globe Sequence winner Washington Nationals will kick issues off as the to start with video game of the 2020 time.

The Yankees lineup options (and is lacking) some eye-catching names and positions. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who was an incredible pressure for the Yankees final yr, just lately returned to the workforce immediately after recovering from COVID-19.

Even so, it seems to be like supervisor Aaron Boone doesn’t sense comfortable starting off him towards the Nats, so he’s been remaining out of the lineup. In his stead, the Yankees are rolling with an appealing alternative of Tyler Wade at 2nd, who will be batting ninth. Wade isn’t recognized for his hitting but is 1 of the swiftest gamers in the league and is a slick defender.

LeMahieu finished up turning out to be the Yankees’ direct-off hitter as the 2019 time progressed. Switch-hitting centerfielder Aaron Hicks will fill that job on Thursday evening. Speaking of Hicks, it seems to be like he’s heading to turn into the to start with player in MLB heritage to undertake Tommy John surgical procedure and not miss out on a one video game.

The other shock in the lineup is remaining fielder Brett Gardner batting fifth involving sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez. It’s generally odd to see Gardner any place in the lineup that isn’t to start with, eighth, or ninth.

The workforce probable wished to harmony out a righty-weighty lineup. In any party, it’ll be appealing to see how the 36-yr-old Gardner, who displayed some energy final time by clubbing a vocation-large 28 residence runs, will do in that location.

A exciting fact about Gardner: According to the Yankees PR Department, he’ll now be tied with Bernie Williams for fourth-most vocation commences in the outfield in franchise heritage with 11. An outstanding 11 for No. 11.

It’ll be a pitching rematch of Match 1 of the 2019 Globe Sequence: Gerrit Cole vs. Max Scherzer. Cole will be creating his prolonged-awaited debut in pinstripes, hungry for a championship and, probable, a Cy Young Award.

A lower-scoring video game should be predicted because two of the most dominant pitchers on the world are taking the mound, but the Yankees have the advantage, principally since of the strike the Nationals’ lineup took earlier now.

Young phenom outfielder Juan Soto was identified with COVID-19 and will not be in the lineup.

This is a wonderful way to kick off arguably the strangest time in MLB heritage, and it’ll be particularly enjoyable to see Cole and Scherzer at perform.

The Yankees will be taking on the Nationals at 7:08 p.m. ET.