The Yankees (64-34, 9 GA in AL East) open a three-game series against the Twins (60-38, 3 GA in AL Central) Monday at 8:10 p.m. at Target Field.
Brett Gardner will miss his second straight game after being removed from Sunday's lineup with what manager Aaron Boone called a "barking knee"... Mike Tauchman performed admirably in Gardner's absence and is 8-for-16 over his last seven games, including his sixth homer of the season in Sunday's loss to the Rockies... Aaron Hicks continued his scorching July with his 10th home run of the season on Sunday. The switch-hitter is slashing .333/.414/.667 this month.
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B||Mitch Garver, C|
|Aaron Judge, RF||Jorge Polanco, SS|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||Nelson Cruz, DH|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Eddie Rosario, LF|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||Miguel Sano, 1B|
|Luke Voit, DH||Marwin Gonzalez, RF|
|Gleyber Torres, SS||Max Kepler, CF|
|Gio Urshela, 3B||Jonathan Schoop, 2B|
|Mike Tauchman, LF||Luis Arraez, 3B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP CC Sabathia, who is making his 300th career start for the Yankees, becoming just the seventh pitcher in franchise history to reach that mark. He's made four straight quality starts, with his last coming on July 16 against the Rays. He tossed six innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six. He has not faced the Twins yet this season, though he's 20-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 39 career starts against them.
Who is starting for the Twins?
LHP Martin Perez (8-3, 4:10 ERA), who faced the Mets his last time out on July 17. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over six innings in that game -- the first time since May 17 he allowed one earned run or fewer in a start. He began the season, his first with the Twins, with three appearances out of the bullpen but joined the rotation on April 15 and has made 16 starts.
The Yankees and Twins continue their series Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. with Domingo German (12-2, 3.38 ERA) set to take on Kyle Gibson (9-4, 4-02 ERA).