The Yankees, coming off a three-game sweep of the Orioles, head to Houston for a three-game series agains AL West powerhouse Astros starting on Monday at 7:10 p.m.
Gary Sanchez is hitting cleanup on Monday fresh off his three-home run game against the Orioles. He has six home runs this season which are tied for the AL lead ... DJ LeMahieu is 12-for-28 (.429), which is the sixth-best average in the majors between players with at least 20 at-bats. ... Greg Bird gets the start at first on Monday. He is 1-for-3 against Justin Verlander with the lone hit being a home run.
|Brett Gardner, CF||George Springer, CF|
|Aaron Judge, RF||Jose Altuve, 2B|
|Luke Voit, DH||Alex Bregman, 3B|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Michael Brantley, LF|
|Gleyber Torres, SS||Carlos Correa, SS|
|Greg Bird, 1B||Yuli Gurriel, 1B|
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B||Josh Reddick, RF|
|Clint Frazier, LF||Tyler White, DH|
|Gio Urshela, 3B||Robinson Chirinos, C|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka makes his third start of the season and first one on the road. He has filled in nicely so far as the team's ace, allowing just two earned runs in 12.1 innings pitched while striking out 12 in his first two starts. ... Last year against the Astros, Tanaka allowed three runs over six innings and struck out five in a no decision.
Who is starting for the Astros?
RHP Justin Verlander, who was shaky in his last outing against the Texas Rangers, allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks. ... He has historically pitched well against the Yankees, though, and last year allowed just one earned run over 14.2 innings while striking out 19 batters in two starts against the Bombers.
The Yankees play Houston again on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. when RHP Jonathan Loaisiga gets the start, opposed by RHP Gerrit Cole.