The Yankees (82-42, 10.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game series with the American League Wild Card leading Cleveland Indians (73-50, 1.5 GB in AL Central, 2.0 GA in first Wild Card) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
The Yankees beat the Indians on Friday night 3-2, thanks to Masahiro Tanaka's 6.1 innings of four hit baseball. The righty struck out two batters and allowed just two runs, good enough to get his ninth win of the season. Aroldis Chapman came in for the close, and now has 34 saves on the season. Gio Urshela led the Yankees' bats, going 3-for-4 from the plate... the team had 10 hits collectively for the game. Aaron Judge had two hits including a double and a walk, showing signs of breaking out of his recent struggles.
|Francisco Lindor, SS||Brett Gardner, CF|
|Oscar Mercado, LF||DJ LeMahieu, 1B|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||Gio Urshela, 3B|
|Yasiel Puig, RF||Didi Gregorius, DH|
|Jose Ramirez, 3B||Gleyber Torres, SS|
|Franmil Reyes, DH||Cameron Maybin, RF|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||Mike Tauchman, LF|
|Kevin Plawecki, C||Austin Romine, C|
|Greg Allen, CF||Thairo Estrada, 2B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP James Paxton (8-6 overall, 4.40 ERA) is 3-0 so far in the month of August. During this time, he has a 2.89 ERA and is limiting opponents to a .182 batting average. Paxton also has 20 strikeouts over the 18.2 innings he's pitched this month.
Who is starting for the Indians?
RHP Zach Plesac (6-3 overall, 3.27 ERA) struggled in his last start on Aug. 12 against the Red Sox, as he gave up seven hits and three earned runs over 5.0 innings. He'll look to get back on track and perform like he did on Aug. 7 vs. the Rangers -- throwing 6.0 shutout innings and striking out seven.
The Yankees send LHP CC Sabathia (5-6 overall, 4.78 ERA) to the mound on Sunday afternoon against the Indians' Mike Clevinger (7-2 overall, 3.34 ERA). First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m at Yankee Stadium.