The Yankees (44-20) play the second game of a four-game series with the Rays (32-36) on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are now 16-9 against AL East opponents this season after their 4-3 win over the Rays last night. Gleyber Torres' three-run homer was the decisive blow as the Yankees held on to the one-run lead for the rest of the game. After the win, the Yankees have the most home wins in the MLB with 24 on the season.
|Matt Duffy, DH||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Jake Bauers, 1B||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Joey Wendle, 2B||Giancarlo Stanton, DH|
|Willy Adames, SS||Greg Bird, 1B|
|Mallex Smith, CF||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Christian Arroyo, 3B||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Rob Refsnyder, LF||Miguel Andujar, 3B|
|Johnny Field, RF||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
Who is starting tonight for the Yankees?
RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (4.32 ERA/3.29 FIP, 1.24 WHIP), who will make his Major League debut tonight in the Bronx. The 23-year-old has six starts with Double-A Trenton this season, and he makes this start in place of the injured Masahiro Tanaka.
Loaisiga is the Yankees' 12th-ranked prospect in their farm system, according to Fangraphs.
Who is starting tonight for the Rays?
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3.94 ERA/4.53 FIP, 0.63 WHIP over 16 innings), who will make his fourth start for the Rays this season. His last came against the Mariners, where he earned a no-decision. Eovaldi allowed three runs on four hits (two homers) while striking out three and walking none over five innings.
Eovaldi will be facing the Yankees, who he played for in 2015 and 2016.
More Yankees Notes...
Yankee hitters lead the MLB in runs per game (5.37), home runs (109), slugging percentage (.462) and OPS (.793) this season. ... Torres leads all rookies with 13 homers and 33 RBI this season. He also ranks third with a .295 batting average. ...Aroldis Chapman has 19 saves on the season, and his next would give him 20 saves for seven straight seasons. Only Craig Kimbrel has reached that feat. ...Yankees reliever own a 2.22 ERA since April 21. They have allowed just one run in the last 10 games.