The Yankees (8-10, 5.5 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East) host the Royals (7-12) on Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
CC Sabathia is 11 strikeouts away from reaching 3,000 for his career and becoming just the 17th pitcher ever to accomplish that feat. ... Despite being two games under .500, the Yankees' +15 run differential is the fourth-best in the American League. ... Clint Frazier has gone 8 for his last 21 to rise his batting average from .321 to .347.
|Whit Merrifield, 1B||Brett Gardner, CF|
|Billy Hamilton, CF||Aaron Judge, DH|
|Adalberto Mondesi, SS||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Hunter Dozier, 3B||Gleyber Torres, SS|
|Alex Gordon, LF||DJ LeMahieu, 3B|
|Jorge Soler, DH||Clint Frazier, RF|
|Chris Owings, 2B||Mike Tauchman, LF|
|Martin Maldonado, C||Kyle Higashioka, C|
|Terrance Gore, RF||Tyler Wade, 2B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP CC Sabathia, who tossed 5.0 scoreless innings in his season debut while allowing just one hit, walking none and striking out three.
Who is starting for the Royals?
RHP Jakob Junis
The Yankees continue their series with the Royals on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by RHP Heath Fillmyer for Kansas City.