The schedule for rest of this month provides a legitimate early season test for the Yankees. That test begins with this weekend’s series against the new-look Angels and includes three games on the road against the Red Sox, three on the road against the back-to-back American League champion Rangers and three more games at home against the AL Central favorite Tigers. There are a few games against the Twins mixed in, but this is not an easy way to start the season, especially given the rough start against a good Rays team.
“You say you don’t make too much out of one game and some months are going to be tougher than other months,” Joe Girardi said. “You don’t want to make too much out of the first month, but it’s a great measuring stick of where we’re at.”
The Yankees aren’t alone. The Red Sox have already played the Tigers and still have to play the Rays, Yankees and Rangers this month. The Rays opened against the Yankees and Tigers, and they still have the Red Sox, Angels and Rangers on their April schedule. The Yankees will be tested this month, but so will the other top teams in the American League East.
“It’s a long season,” Brian Cashman said. “Obviously is a tough schedule on the front end, but hopefully people feel it’s tough playing us too.”
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