The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins on Monday at Target Field at 8:10 p.m.
At 89-54, the Yankees are tied with the Astros for the second-best record in baseball, yet they sit 8 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. ... New York's plus-150 run differential ranks third in the majors. ... Over his last 16 games, Giancarlo Stanton is slashing .113/.322/.210 and has just one home run and four RBIs.
|Andrew McCutchen, RF||Joe Mauer, 1B|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||Jorge Polanco, SS|
|Miguel Andujar, 3B||Logan Forsythe, 2B|
|Giancarlo Stanton, DH||Robbie Grossman, RF|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Mitch Garver, C|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Willians Astudillo, DH|
|Greg Bird, 1B||Jake Cave, CF|
|Gleyber Torres, 2B||Johnny Field, LF|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Gregorio Petit, 3B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP J.A. Happ (15-6, 3.90 ERA), who is 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA in seven starts since joining the Yankees. ... Happ, 35, threw six innings of one-run ball in his last start against the Oakland A's on Tuesday. ... He is 2-4 with a 5.73 ERA in seven career games (six starts) against the Twins and has allowed 15 runs (13 earned) and 25 hits in 23 1/3 innings at Target Field.
Who is starting for the Twins?
RHP Kyle Gibson (7-12, 3.74 ERA), who allowed four runs (two earned) in seven innings last Monday against the Astros. ... The 30-year-old Gibson struck out 10 batters in six scoreless innings when he faced the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 26. ... He is 3-5 with a 4.02 ERA in 12 home starts this season.
More Yankees notes
The Yankees' 3.15 bullpen ERA ranks second in the majors, however their relievers have accumulated a 4.04 ERA since the All-Star break. ... LHP Zach Britton has a 4.15 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 17 relief appearances since joining the Yankees. ... Greg Bird has played just once since Aug. 29. In 22 games dating back to Aug. 3, he is 8-for-75 with 18 strikeouts and a .413 OPS.