The Yankees will play the second game of a doubleheader with the Royals on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Saturday's doubleheader is the third one this season for the Yankees and their first since their July 9 twinbill against the Orioles. Neil Walker is hitting .353/.425/.529 with six runs, three doubles, one homer, eight RBI and five walks in 11 games since July 9 ... The Yankees will try to continue their success against AL Central teams, which they have beaten 14 times in 18 games this season. Since 2014, Brett Gardner has played in 17 doubleheader games, hitting .381 with five homers and 16 RBI during those games. He has reached base 16 out of 17 of those games.
|Whit Merrifield, 2B||Brett Gardner, CF|
|Rosell Herrera, RF||Giancarlo Stanton, RF|
|Salvador Perez, DH||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Jorge Bonifacio, LF||Miguel Andujar, 3B|
|Lucas Duda, 1B||Greg Bird, DH|
|Hunter Dozier, 3B||Neil Walker, 1B|
|Brian Goodwin, CF||Kyle Higashioka, C|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||Tyler Wade, 2B|
|Drew Butera, C||Shane Robinson, LF|
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 Heath Fillmyer (0-1, 2.82 ERA/4.51 FIP and 1.254 WHIP in 22.1 innings), who is coming off a strong outing against the Tigers -- only his second career start -- during which he allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings.
He has made four of his six appearances this season out of the bullpen, with his most recent two outings being starts.
More Yankees notes
The Yankees have not won back-to-back games since June 18-21, and have gone 13-14 since that time ... The Yankees are 29 games over .500 but trail the AL East-leading Red Sox by five games.