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New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals Pick & Prediction JUL 26TH 2020

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Despite being hit with more bad news on the injury front, the Washington Nationals were able to break into the win column for the first time this year Saturday night. The defending World Series champions will try to build off the victory when they battle the visiting New York Yankees on Sunday in the rubber match of their three-game series.

The Nationals, who lost young slugger Juan Soto to the COVID-19 injured list prior to Thursday's season opener, scratched star right-hander Stephen Strasburg hours before Saturday's game because of a nerve issue. "To be frank, this season is a bit of a mess," Strasburg told reporters of the injury before his team picked up a 9-2 victory. Victor Robles hit a two-run homer and added a two-run double to lead a 13-hit attack for Washington, which was held to one hit in a rain-shortened loss Thursday. Giancarlo Stanton has burst out of the gate with home runs in each of the first two games for New York.

TIME: 1:05 p.m. ET. TV: TBS, YES, MASN

PITCHING MATCHUP: TBD vs. Nationals LH Patrick Corbin (2019: 14-7, 3.25)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters after Saturday's game that he had not decided on a starter for Sunday. Michael King was a candidate to serve as the opener but was forced into the 9-2 loss after starter James Paxton lasted only one inning. Chad Green, who was the opener 15 times last year and posted a 3.72 ERA in that role, could get the nod for the finale.

Corbin won nine of his final 11 decisions last year to match his career high in victories. He was 8-2 with a 2.40 ERA in 16 starts in Nationals Park while holding opponents to a .199 average. Yankees second baseman D.J. LeMahieu is batting .375 with four home runs and three triples in 48 career at-bats versus Corbin, who spun seven innings of one-run ball in his only prior matchup with New York in 2013.

WALK-OFFS

1. Stanton's blast Saturday was estimated at 483 feet.

2. Nationals SS Trea Turner is hitless in seven at-bats through the first two games.

3. The Yankees continue their road trip at Philadelphia on Monday, while Washington hosts Toronto.

PREDICTION: Nationals 5, Yankees 4

New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals

Gleyber Torres chased Patrick Corbin with a solo homer in the seventh inning and then delivered a tiebreaking RBI single off Sean Doolittle in the eighth as the visiting New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Sunday afternoon to conclude their season-opening series.

Torres had three hits and produced New York's only two hits off Corbin. His homer into the left field seats off the left-hander's first-pitch fastball prompted Washington manager Dave Martinez to remove Corbin.

Luke Voit hit the game-tying homer off Will Harris two batters later.

In the eighth, the Yankees put a rally together against Doolittle (0-1). New York had runners at first and second after a walk by Aaron Hicks and a single by D.J. LeMahieu. After Doolittle retired Aaron Judge, Torres lined a 2-1 pitch into left field that scored Hicks.

Corbin allowed one run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings. He retired the first 11 hitters, struck out eight, walked none and threw 49 of 75 pitches for strikes.

With No. 3 starter Masahiro Tanaka throwing a simulated game at the team's alternate site in Scranton, Pa., Jonathan Loaisiga allowed one run on two hits in three innings while throwing 51 pitches. Five relievers followed and Chad Green (1-0) pitched two hitless innings.

Tommy Kahnle worked around a throwing error by Torres and struck out Eric Thames to escape a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Zack Britton survived a shaky start to a scoreless ninth and recorded his first save.

Asdrubal Cabrera opened the ninth with an infield single to Torres and just beat the throw to LeMahieu at first. Pinch runner Emilio Bonifacio took second on a passed ball by Gary Sanchez and but over slid third base and was caught stealing on a strong throw as Victor Robles walked.

Britton then ended the game by retiring Yan Gomes and Michael Taylor.

Trea Turner homered in the third off Loaisiga and Thames hit an RBI single in the fourth off David Hale.

Giancarlo Stanton, who homered in the first two games, was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

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