The Yankees begin a four-game series against the Houston Astros on Monday at 8:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.
The Yankees have won nine straight games to move to within two games of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. ... During their winning streak, New York has outscored its opponents 64-18. Its pitchers have held opponents to one run or fewer five times. ... This week's four-game series is a rematch from last year's ALCS, a series in which the Astros won in seven games.
|Brett Gardner, CF||George Springer, CF|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Jose Altuve, 2B|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||Carlos Correa, SS|
|Gary Sanchez, DH||Yuli Gurriel, 1B|
|Aaron Hicks CF||Josh Reddick, RF|
|Miguel Andujar, 3B||Alex Bregman, 3B|
|Neil Walker, 1B||Marwin Gonzalez, LF|
|Gleyber Torres, 2B||Brian McCann, C|
|Austin Romine, C||Evan Gattis, DH|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Sonny Gray (1-1, 7.71 ERA), who has only pitched at least five innings just once through his first five starts this season. ... The 28-year-old Gray is 0-1 with an 11.45 ERA in his last three starts, allowing 14 runs, 18 hits and 11 walks in 11 innings. ... He allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings in a regular-season loss to Houston as a member of the A's. In the ALCS, Gray allowed two runs (one earned) and one hit in five innings in a no-decision.
Who is starting for the Astros?
RHP Charlie Morton (3-0, 1.86 ERA), allowed four runs and five hits in four-plus innings against the Los Angeles Angels in his last outing on Tuesday. ... Morton has three starts this season in which he threw at least six innings without surrendering an earned run. ... In last year's ALCS, Morton allowed seven runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings in a Game 3 loss, but threw five scoreless innings in a Game 7 victory.
More Yankees notes...
Didi Gregorius, the American League Player of the Week, is tied with the Angels' Mike Trout and the Seattle Mariners' Mitch Haniger for the MLB lead in home runs (10). ... Gregorius leads the majors with 30 RBIs and fifth in the American League with a .340 batting average. ... Three Astros pitchers, including Morton, rank in the top five in the American League for ERA.