The Yankees (39-22, 1.5 GA in AL East) begin their weekend series with the Cleveland Indians (31-31, 10.5 GB in AL Central) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Progressive Field.
Didi Gregorius makes his return to the Yankees' lineup eight months after his Tommy John surgery, playing shortstop and batting fifth. ... Gleyber Torres is out of the lineup for the second-straight game due to shoulder soreness. ... Prior to this week's matchup with the Blue Jays, the Yankees hadn't lost a series since they were swept in two games by the Diamondbacks on April 30th-May-1. ... DJ LeMahieu is now hitting .491 with runners in scoring position and has a team-leading 40 RBI.
|Francisco Lindor, SS||DJ LeMahieu, 2B|
|Oscar Mercado, LF||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Jose Ramirez, 3B||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Jake Bauers, DH||Kendrys Morales, DH|
|Leonys Martin, CF||Clint Frazier, RF|
|Kevin Plawecki, C||Gio Urshela, 3B|
|Tyler Naquin, RF||Brett Gardner, LF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Domingo German (9-1, 3.66 ERA), who labored through 3.2 innings his last time out against the Red Sox, throwing 87 pitches while taking a no-decision. ... German had a stretch of six-straight victories this season, but since then he's posted a 10.38 ERA with 10 runs allowed in his last two starts.
Who is starting for the Indians?
RHP Zach Plesac (0-1, 1.46 ERA), who is making just his third Major-League start. ... In his first two outings, Plesac has only allowed two runs in 12.1 innings. ... Zach is the nephew of former reliever Dan Pesac, who pitched 18 seasons in the majors.
The Yankees play their second of three against the Indians on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. CC Sabathia (3-2, 3,61 ERA) takes the ball against Indians righty Adam Plutko (1-1, 6.35 ERA).