The Subway Series is coming to summer camp.
The Yankees and Mets will play each other in two exhibition games this month — at Citi Field on July 18 and at Yankee Stadium on July 19 — the teams announced Tuesday. Both games will be at 7 p.m.
To round out the abbreviated slate of practice games, the Yankees will host the Phillies on July 20.
SNY and YES will broadcast the games for their respective teams.
“To be able to have a few games is something that's important and something that we put a lot of value on,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “But to be able to have it here in our home city, to have a couple of games, it’s something that certainly we’ll look forward to and hopefully for us it will be something that gives us a really good tuneup heading into the regular season.”
MLB is allowing clubs to schedule up to three exhibition games in the lead-up to the regular season. Normally, teams spend most of spring training playing exhibitions, but because of the coronavirus pandemic circumstances — teams are working out at their home ballparks, not in Florida and Arizona — and the related desire to limit travel, a team’s hitters and pitchers are spending most of the three-week camp facing each other.
The exhibitions also will serve as a dry run for operating the ballparks in their temporary fanless, coronavirus-crisis environment. Everything from entering the stadium to broadcasters’ setups to how players move about the clubhouse and other facilities is different. For now, the Mets are using the home and visitors’ clubhouses, weight rooms, etc. When they host the Yankees, they can see what it is like to use just the home side while maintaining their social distancing practices.
The Yankees open the season July 23 against the Nationals in Washington. The next day, the Mets will host the Braves for Opening Day at Citi Field.
Mets reliever Jared Hughes, who signed a major-league contract with the Mets last week, hasn’t been in camp yet, manager Luis Rojas said. He declined to say why. … Marcus Stroman (two innings) and Rick Porcello (three innings) were among those to face hitters. Brandon Nimmo homered off Stroman. … J.D. Davis said the Mets are requiring players to wear multiple masks when they use the ice bath and hot tub.
With Erik Boland
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