March is officially here and spring training is rolling right along. The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against a split-squad Orioles team at George M. Steinbrenner Field. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. ET.
It won't just be the first night game of the spring. Catcher Gary Sanchez will make his spring debut Friday after the Yankees decided to give their 26-year-old backstop the chance to keep his legs as fresh as possible before the season. ... Troy Tulowitzki continued his power surge this spring, launching a three-run homer against the Pirates on Thursday. ... Greg Birdalso stayed hot with two more hits and is now hitting .625.
|Austin Hays, CF||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Joey Rickard, LF||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Jonathan Villar, 2B||Giancarlo Stanton, LF|
|Renato Nunez, 3B||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Yusniel Diaz, RF||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Austin Wynns, DH||Gleyber Torres, SS|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||DJ LeMahieu, 3B|
|Ryan Mountcastle, 1B||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Andrew Susac, C||Kyle Holder, 2B|
Who is pitching for the Orioles?
LHP John Means gets the ball for Baltimore. The 25-year-old reached the big leagues last year, appearing in one game, after spending most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Norfolk, where he went 6-5 with a 3.48 ERA over 19 starts.
Who is pitching for the Yankees?
LHP James Paxton will make his second start of the spring. Paxton, who came to the Yankees in an offseason trade with the Mariners, pitched two innings and struck out two during his first outing.
The Yankees will hit the road Saturday and face Pittsburgh at LECOM Field in Bradenton, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. ET.