Saturday, June 20, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers 6/20

The New York Yankees will be showcased in prime time on a Saturday Night on the FOX station for a third week in a row when the team plays host to the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. This is normally Masahiro Tanaka’s normal day to pitch but the Yankees have decided to push him back and give him, and the rest of the starting rotation, an extra day of rest and will instead plug in Nathan Eovaldi on technically short rest. The Tigers have also shuffled around their rotation after being rained out Thursday night and will start Alfredo Simon to oppose Eovaldi. The game will be played at 7:15 pm ET and can be seen on FOX and MLB TV.

  • Eovaldi managed just 36 pitches in his last start recording two outs while allowing eight runs to the Miami Marlins in his first start against his former team. Eovaldi may be pitching for his rotation spot tonight in the Bronx with the impending return of Ivan Nova from the disabled list.

  • Simon was originally slated to start last night against the Yankees and Adam Warren but a rain out allowed the Tigers to reshuffle their rotation and back everyone back a day. Justin Verlander started last night and Simon will face off with Eovaldi still looking to limit the home run ball inside Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees have one more game with these same Tigers tomorrow before welcoming the Philadelphia Phillies to the Bronx to end their home stand. Ivan Nova is expected to be activated either during the Phillies series or shortly after since he worked his way back from the Tommy John surgery that he had in 2014. What the Yankees will do when he is activated is probably dependent on Eovaldi’s performance tonight in the Bronx. Go Yankees!

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