The Yankees (57-29, 8.5 GA in AL East) try to take the series win against the Tampa Bay Rays (50-39, 8.5 GB in AL East) in the third game of a four-game series on Saturday at Tropicana Field at 4:10 p.m.
Aaron Judge hit two home runs last night, including the go-ahead shot in the 11th inning to give himself nine on the season. He is now hitting .297/.422/.649 with four home runs and nine RBI in his 11 games since returning from the IL. ... Brett Gardner also hit a home run in the 11th inning, giving him 13 on the season and one more home run than he hit all of last year. ... DJ LeMahieu has hit safely in three straight games since having his 14-game hitting streak snapped. He is hitting .337 which leads the American League.
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B||Guillermo Heredia, LF|
|Aaron Judge, DH||Tommy Pham, DH|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||Yandy Diaz, 3B|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Avisail Garcia, RF|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||Michael Brosseau, 2B|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Kevin Kiermaier, CF|
|Gleyber Torres, SS||Willy Adames, SS|
|Gio Urshela, 3B||Travis d'Arnaud, C|
|Mike Tauchman, RF||Nate Lowe, 1B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP CC Sabathia (5-4, 4.04 ERA) who struggled in the month of June, pitching to a 2-3 record with a 4.88 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched. ... Sabathia has been better his last two outings, though, allowing three runs over 12 innings in those starts, which included a three-hit, seven strikeout performance against the Rays at Yankee Stadium on June 19.
Who is starting for the Rays?
LHP Blake Snell (5-7. 4.87) has been far from the Cy Young Award-winning pitcher he was last year, but pitched better his last start, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out 12 in six innings against the Rangers. ... Snell has really struggled against the Yankees, though, going 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts, which includes a six-run first inning in which he only recorded one out his last time against the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees and Rays finish out the first half of the season on Sunday when they conclude their four-game series at Tropicana Field as LHP James Paxton (5-3, 4.09 ERA) takes the mound opposite RHP Charlie Morton (9-2, 2.36 ERA).