The Yankees play the second game of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees will be without last year's Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up Aaron Judge for at least three weeks after he suffered a fracture in his wrist on Thursday. ... New York's bullpen leads the majors with a 2.78 ERA. ... Since June 24, Giancarlo Stanton has a .368/.417/.566 batting line with five home runs and 19 RBIs.
|Whit Merrifield, CF||Brett Gardner, LF|
|Rosell Herrera, RF||Giancarlo Stanton, RF|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Salvador Perez, C||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Jorge Bonifacio, LF||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
|Lucas Duda, DH||Greg Bird, 1B|
|Huntier Dozier, 1B||Miguel Andujar, DH|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||Neil Walker, 3B|
|Adalberto Mondesi, 2B||Austin Romine, C|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.51 ERA), who has not pitched since July 14. Though he has allowed nine runs and 11 hits over 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts, the 38-year-old Sabathia has been one of the more consistent Yankees starters this season. ... He allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings when he faced the Royals on May 18. ... He is 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 10 home starts this season.
Who is starting for the Royals?
RHP Brad Keller (3-4, 3.20 ERA), who allowed three runs and three hits in seven innings in his last start against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. ... Since becoming a starter, the 23-year-old Keller is 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA in nine starts. In 21 relief appearances, he was 1-1 with a 2.01 ERA.
More Yankees notes
The Yankees are 46-19 with Gleyber Torres in the lineup but are 19-17 without him. ... The newly-acquired Zach Britton has seven strikeouts and given up just three hits in nine scoreless innings over his last nine relief appearances. ... The Yankees are one of four teams who have a run differential of at least plus-100.