The Yankees (46-27, 3.5 GA in AL East) begin a possible playoff preview with the Astros (48-27, 8.0 GA in AL West) on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
The Yankees have won five-straight games following their sweep of Tampa Bay. ... Their 3.5-game lead in the AL East is their largest of the season. ... Yankees hitters have belted at least one home run in 22 consecutive games, the longest streak in the Major League this season, and the second longest in franchise history. ... Gary Sanchez's 21 home runs are the most by a catcher before the All-Star break since 2003 (Javy Lopez).
|Alex Bregman, SS||DJ LeMahieu, 3B|
|Michael Brantley, LF||Luke Voit, DH|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Yordan Alvarez, DH||Giancarlo Stanton, RF|
|Yuli Gurriel, 3B||Edwin Encarnacion, 1B|
|Josh Reddick, RF||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
|Robinson Chirinos, C||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Tyler White, 1B||Cameron Maybin, LF|
|Jake Marisnick, CF||Brett Gardner, CF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Chad Green (1-2, 7.54 ERA), who is coming off a great opening performance against the White Sox, striking out six batters in two innings of work, allowing just one hit. ... Green has strung together back-to-back scoreless performances against the White Sox and Indians, striking out nine batters in four innings. ... The Yankees have won all five of the games that Green has served as the team's opener.
Who is starting for the Astros?
LHP Framber Valdez (3-2, 2.77 ERA), who pitched six innings his last time out in a win over the Blue Jays, striking out eight hitters. ... Valdez has made three starts this season for the Astros since being moved from the bullpen. ... Overall, Valdez is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA as a starter.
The Yankees and Astros continue their four-game set on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Lefty James Paxton (4-3, 3.93 ERA) goes for the Bombers against Astros righty Brad Peacock (6-4, 3.67 ERA).