The Yankees (58-32, 6.0 GA in AL East) are back in action for the rubber game against the Blue Jays (35-58, 24.5 GB in AL East) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Brett Gardner enters Sunday on a six-game hitting streak and three-game multi-hit streak. Since June 9, Gardner is hitting .337/.424/.663 with seven home runs and 20 RBI. ... Aaron Judge has five hits in his first eight at-bats since the All-Star break. The Yankees slugger is hitting .302/.413/.547 with four home runs and 10 RBI since returning from the IL on June 21. ... DJ LeMahieu snapped an 11 at-bat hitless streak with a ninth inning single on Saturday. He still leads the AL with a .330 batting average.
|Eric Sogard, 2B||DJ LeMahieu, 1B|
|Freddy Galvis, SS||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Cavan Biggio, DH||Luke Voit, DH|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||Brett Gardner, CF|
|Randall Grichuk, RF||Gio Urshela, 3b|
|Danny Jensen, C||Austin Romine, C|
|Teoscar Hernandez, LF||Mike Tauchman, LF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.86 ERA), who is back on the mound after earning the win for the American League with a scoreless second inning in the All-Star Game. ... Tanaka allowed four runs on six hits with five strikeouts over 6.1 innings pitched in his last start against the Rays on July 5. The right-hander took the loss the last time he faced the Blue Jays on June 4, giving up four runs over six innings.
Who is starting for the Blue Jays?
RHP Marcus Stroman (5-9, 3.18 ERA), who is making his first start since June 29, which he left after four inning due to a left shoulder/pectoral injury. ... Stroman is making his first start against the Yankees this year. In his last four starts, the 28-year-old All-Star is 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA and has 18 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched.
The Yankees continue their homestand against AL East foe Tampa Bay Rays on Monday with LHP James Paxton (5-4, 4.01 ERA) on the mound while the Rays starter is still to be determined for the 7:05 p.m. game.