The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on Monday at 8:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Yankees are in a first-place tie with the Boston Red Sox atop the AL East and have the best winning percentage in baseball, .007 points higher than Boston's. ... New York has won four of its last five games and 21 of its last 25. On Saturday and Sunday, the Yankees outscored the Kansas City Royals 18-4. ... Since April 21, the Yankees have scored six or more runs 13 times.
|Brett Gardner, CF||Delino DeShields, CF|
|Aaron Judge, RF||Shin-Soo Choo, DH|
|Giancarlo Stanton, DH||Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3B|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Nomar Mazara, RF|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Jurickson Profar, SS|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||Joey Gallo, LF|
|Tyler Austin, 1B||Rougned Odor, 2B|
|Neil Walker, 3B||Robinson Chirinos, C|
|Gleyber Torres, 2B||Ronald Guzman, 1B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73 ERA), who is 0-0 with a 5.51 ERA in three games in May, including five innings of three-run ball his last time out in a suspended game against the Washington Nationals on May 15. ... Tanaka has pitched past the sixth inning just twice this season and has not thrown more than 100 pitches in a regular-season game since Sept. 29, 2017. ... Tanaka is 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA in five road starts this year, while he is 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA in four starts at Yankee Stadium.
Who is starting for the Rangers?
RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA), who threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings in his last start against the Seattle Mariners last Wednesday. ... Colon, 44, is 0-1 with a 4.37 ERA in five appearances (three starts) at home this year. ... He is 6-9 with a 6.11 ERA in 21 career appearances (20 starts) against the Yankees.
More Yankees notes...
Gary Sanchez has a .391/.516/.870 batting line with three home runs and five RBIs over his last eight games. ... Didi Gregorius, who was named AL Player of the Month in April, is in the middle of a 1-for-45 slump. ... New York's plus-76 run differential ranks second in the majors (Houston, plus-98).