The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.
Entering Monday, New York's bullpen has the best ERA (2.78) among all 30 teams. ... While the Yankees are five games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, they have the second-best winning percentage in baseball. Their plus-130 run differential ranks third. ... Among qualified hitters, Miguel Andujar leads the team with a .287 batting average.
|Brett Gardner, LF||Kevin Kiermaier, CF|
|Aaron Judge, RF||Matt Duffy, 3B|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Jake Bauers, 1B|
|Giancarlo Stanton, DH||Ji-Man Choi, DH|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||Joey Wendle, LF|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Daniel Robertson, 2B|
|Greg Bird, 1B||Mallex Smith, RF|
|Miguel Andujar, 3B||Willy Adames, SS|
|Neil Walker, 2B||Jesus Sucre, C|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Luis Severino (14-2, 2.31 ERA), who hasn't lost since June 10. ... Over his last two starts, Severino is 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA, giving up seven runs, 14 hits and three walks in 10 innings. ... When he last faced the Rays at home on June 16, Severino struck out nine batters in eight scoreless innings.
Who is starting for the Rays?
RHP Hunter Wood (0-0, 2.70 ERA), who has allowed four runs and 11 hits in 13 1/3 innings this season. ... Wood gave up one run and three hits in two innings in his last outing on Saturday against the Miami Marlins.
More Yankees notes
The Yankees are 45-18 with Gleyber Torres, but are 18-16 without him. ... Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .343 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in July. ... The Yankees are 31-4 in Severino's last 35 starts dating back to last season.