Baseball is back as the Yankees kick off their 2019 Spring Training schedule with a road matchup against the reigning World Series champion Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. at JetBlue Park.
Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird are among the notable Yankees that are making the trip to Fort Myers for the first Spring Training game this season.
|Aaron Hicks, CF||Gorkys Hernandez, LF|
|Gleyber Torres, 2B||Sandy Leon, C|
|Miguel Andujar, 3B||Rafael Dever, DH|
|Greg Bird, 1B||Rusney Castillo, CF|
|Clint Frazier, LF||Bryce Brentz, RF|
|Mike Ford, DH||Michael Chavis, 3B|
|Kyle Higashioka, C||Wei Lin, 2B|
|Tyler Wade, SS||Josh Ockimey, 1B|
|Matt Lipka, RF||C.J. Chatham, SS|
|Nestor Cortes Jr., P||Josh Smith, P|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP Nestor Cortes will get the first start for the Yanks. Cortes was a non-roster invite to Spring Training this year, and he spent 2018 with the Orioles and Yankees.
He saw a taste of the bigs last year with Baltimore, but not to any success. He owned a 7.71 ERA over 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits (two homers) and four walks. In Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Cortes had a 3.71 ERA in 23 games (18 starts).
The Yankees will also have Drew Hutchison, Cale Coshow, Rex Brothers, and Joe Harvey in relief.
Who is starting for the Red Sox?
RHP Josh Smith will start for Boston. After pitching in 26 games with the A's in 2017, Smith spent 2018 in Triple-A with the Sox and Mariners.
With Triple-A Pawtucket (Sox affiliate), Smith owned a 4.14 ERA over 18 games (10 starts).
The Yankees stay on the road against another division opponent in the Rays on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.