After sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in a doubleheader on Wednesday and taking two of three from last week at Tropicana Field, the Yankees open a three-game series against the AL-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Gleyber Torres enters Friday's game red-hot, blasting three home runs in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles. Torres has gotten a hit in 17 of his last 18 games and is hitting .352/.387/.606 with four home runs and 11 RBI in that span. ... Gary Sanchez is also coming off a strong performance in which he collected two hits, including his team-leading 12th home run.
|Yandy Diaz, 1B||DJ LeMahieu, 2B|
|Tommy Pham, LF||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Austin Meadows, DH||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Avisail Garcia, RF||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Willy Adames, SS||Kendrys Morales, DH|
|Daniel Robertson, 3B||Gleyber Torres, SS|
|Travis d'Arnaud, C||Clint Frazier, RF|
|Brandon Lowe, 2B||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Guillermo Heredia, CF||Gio Urshela, 3B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP CC Sabathia (3.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 30.1 innings over six starts) who held the Tampa Bay Rays to two runs over five innings in a no-decision his last time out.
Who is starting for the Rays?
RHP Ryne Stanek (2.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP with 22 strikeouts in 22 innings) who will make his 12th start of the season as an opener for the Rays. He has a 1.62 ERA as an opener and threw a scoreless first inning as the opener against the Marlins on Wednesday.
The Yankees and Rays square off again on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. as RHP Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound for the Bombers while LHP Blake Snell toes the rubber for Tampa.