On Deck: New York Yankees (0-0) vs Toronto Blue Jays (0-0)

The Toronto Blue Jays open a four-game set vs the New York Yankees on Thursday, kicking off the 2018 season.


Toronto New York
Thursday – 3:37 J.A. Happ (10-11, 3.53) Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98)
Friday – 7:07 Aaron Sanchez (1-3, 4.25) Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74)
Saturday – 4:07 Marco Estrada (10-9, 4.98) CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69)
Sunday – 1:07 Marcus Stroman (13-9, 3.09) Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55)

*2017 stats listed

New Faces in New Places


  • Outfielders Curtis Granderson & Randall Grichuk, as well as shortstop Aledmys Diaz will all make their Blue Jays debuts on Opening Day
  • Infielders Yangervis Solarte & Gift Ngope are new to the roster
  • Pitchers Jaime Garcia, not scheduled to appear in this series, John Axford, Tyler Clippard and Seung hwan Oh will round out the 9 new Blue Jays for 2018

New York:

  • Infielders Brandon Drury & Neil Walker
  • Outfielder/DH Giancarlo Stanton
  • The Yankees have, surprisingly, done well at building from within, and will have just three new faces to start the year



  • Relief pitcher Tyler Clippard spent parts of three seasons in pinstripes (2007, ’16, ’17)
  • Starter Jaime Garcia made eight starts for New York in 2017 (0-3, 4.82)
  • Catcher Russell Martin (2011-12)
  • Infielder Yangervis Solarte (2014)
  • Outfielder Curtis Granderson (2010-13)

New York: none

In The Hole

Toronto continues it’s season-opening seven game home stand when the Chicago White Sox visit from Monday through Wednesday.


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