After sweep of lowly Orioles, the Yankees (81-41, 10.0 GA in AL East) start a four-game series against the American League Wild Card leading Cleveland Indians (72-49, 0.5 GB in AL Central, 1.5 GA in first Wild Card) on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
The Yankees are up to a 10-1 overall record this season in extending outings for the bullpen. ... With a win, the Yankees with lock up at 27th straight season with a winning record (1993) and it would be the team's second-fastest time reaching 82 wins in a year. In 1998, the Yankees reached a record of 82-29, that team went on to win the World Series. ... Gio Urshela is hitting at a .488 average over his last 10 games, which includes four doubles, seven homers and 15 RBI. ... Didi Gregorius has 27 RBI in his last 22 games.
|Francisco Lindor, SS||DJ LeMahieu, 1B|
|Greg Allen, CF||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Yasiel Puig, RF||Gio Urshela, 3B|
|Jose Ramirez, 3B||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||Brett Gardner, CF|
|Franmil Reyes, DH||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
|Tyler Naquin, LF||Mike Tauchman, LF|
|Roberto Perez, C||Mike Ford, DH|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Chad Green (2-3 overall, 4.69 ERA) leads another bullpen outing for the Yankees as the team's opener. Green last had this role on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles and recorded four outs in 11 pitches. Green has allowed three runs in 15 innings as the opener this year and has a 1.80 ERA with 23 strike outs as well as the first man out of the bullpen.
Who is starting for the Indians?
RHP Adam Plutko (4-3 overall, 4.68 ERA) held the Yanks at bay in his only career start against, holding the Bronx Bombers to two runs and three hits in six innings. Against the Twins in his last start, Plutko surrendered four runs in six innings.
The Yankees send RHP Masahiro Tanaka (8-6 overall, 4.64 ERA) to the mound on Friday in Game 2 of the four-game tilt against the Indians' Aaron Civale (1-1 overall, 1.00 ERA). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.