The Yankees (92-50, 8.5 GA in AL East) continue their four-game series against the rival Boston Red Sox (76-65, 15.5 GB in AL East, 6.0 GB for second Wild Card) Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.
After the Red Sox roughed up RHP Domingo German (17-4, 4.21 ERA) for five runs on three hits and four walks to five strikeouts in Friday's 6-1 loss, the Yankees try to bounce back with a better sense of urgency -- on the mound and at the plate. The Red Sox held the Yankees to three hits, with the only run coming on CF Brett Gardner's fifth-inning solo shot. Eight of the 10 Yankees to make plate appearances went hitless. SS Didi Gregorious (1 for 4 with a double) and Gardner (2 for 3) were the exceptions.
|Mookie Betts, RF||DJ LeMahieu, 3B|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Rafael Devers, 3B||Didi Gregorious, SS|
|J.D. Martinez, RF||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Andrew Benintendi, LF||Edwin Encarnacion, DH|
|Christian Vazquez, C||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||Brett Gardner, CF|
|Sam Travis, DH||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Brock Holt, 2B||Mike Tauchman, LF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP J.A. Happ (11-8, 5.34 ERA) looks for his third straight win after he went 6.0 shutout innings with one hit, five strikeouts and four walks on 98 pitches in the Yankees' 5-4 victory Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. The previous start led to more of the same from Happ, who scattered three run on two hits and three walks to seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings Aug. 26 as the Yankees downed the Seattle Mariners 5-4. Happ last pitched Aug. 4 against the Red Sox and got the win after 5.2 innings of four runs on seven hits and two strikeouts to one walk in the Yankees' 7-4 victory.
Who is starting for the Red Sox?
RHP Travis Lakins (0-1, 4.70 ERA) takes the mound as the Red Sox opener while LHP David Price (7-5, 4.28 ERA) works back from left wrist tightness. The starting rotation is lacking depth without Price and LHP Chris Sale (6-11, 4.40 ERA), whom Boston placed on the 60-day injured list with left elbow inflammation Sept. 1. The 25-year-old Lakins, who was a starter in the minors but has largely been a reliever with the Red Sox, logged 2.0 innings in his last time out Sunday when he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with 43 pitches.
The Yankees face the Red Sox for the third game of the series Sunday at 8:08 p.m. when RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-8, 4.42 ERA) matches up against RHP Rick Porcello (12-11, 5.63 ERA).