The Yankees (58-31, 6.5 GA in AL East) are back in action against the Blue Jays (34-58, 25.5 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Luke Voit is back in the Yankees' lineup since being placed on the IL with an abdominal strain retroactive to June 30. He hit .280/.393/.509 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI the first half of the season... Brett Gardner enters Saturday on a five-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 Friday night. Since June 9, Gardner is hitting .329/.421/.671 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. ... Edwin Encarnación is coming off his best game with the Yankees, going 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a bases loaded double against his former team in a 4-0 win.
|Eric Sogard, RF||DJ LeMahieu, 3B|
|Freddy Galvis, SS||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Cavan Biggio, 2B||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr., DH||Edwin Encarnacion, DH|
|Randal Grichuk, CF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Rowdy Tellez, 1B||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Brandon Drury, 3B||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
|Luke Maile, C||Brett Gardner, LF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP J.A. Happ (7-4, 5.02 ERA), who has struggled to find consistency in the first half of the season. Happ tossed 5.1 innings and allowed one earned run against the Rays his last time out on July 4, but allowed eight runs in four innings against the Astros the start before that on June 23. ... Happ allowed one run over seven innings on four hits last time he faced the Blue Jays on June 6.
Who is starting for the Blue Jays?
LHP Clayton Richard (1-5, 6.23 ERA), who has pitched well of late after starting the season on the IL with a knee injury. Richard has gone six innings and allowed three runs in each of his last three starts, including June 25 against the Yankees in which he gave up back-to-back home runs to DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to open the game in a 4-3 loss.
The Yankees and Blue Jays close out their series on Sunday when All-Star pitchers Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.86) and Marcus Stroman (5-9, 3.18 ERA) take the mound at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.