Game Thread: Afternoon Game 4/16/14

You know, just because the Yankees are playing the Chicago Cubs this week that doesn't mean that the weather had to become Chicago-like. Mother Nature is just being mean now because it's going to be a downright chilly day and night at Yankee Stadium and I, for one, do not envy anyone who will be out there today - players, fans and media included. Here are your lineups for the afternoon tilt:

Chicago Cubs New York Yankees
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Justin Ruggiano, CF Carlos Beltran, RF
Anthony Rizzo, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Nate Schierholtz, RF Alfonso Soriano, DH
Starlin Castro SS Brian McCann, C
Junior Lake, LF Yangervis Solarte, 2B
Luis Valbuena, 3B Kelly Johnson, 1B
Mike Olt, DH Dean Anna, SS
John Baker, C Scott Sizemore, 3B
Jason Hammel, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP

Some game notes:

  • The Yankees are 7-4 in their last 11 games after dropping their first two games of the season at Houston. And you all were flipping out. Tsk, tsk.
  • They started the season with games on 13 consecutive days before Monday’s scheduled off day and Tuesday’s rainout.
  • This is an interesting stat: The Yankees are 7-0 this season when leading after six innings and 0-6 when tied or trailing after six innings.
  • The Cubs haven't been to Yankee Stadium since June 2005 and during that series, Derek Jeter hit his first (and only) career grand slam.

Happy TANAK day!