The Yankees (57-31, 6.5 GA in AL East) begin a three-game series with the Blue Jays (34-57, 24.5 GB in AL East) on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
DJ LeMahieu enters the second half of the season with an AL-best .336 batting average. ... LeMahieu also led the potent Yankees' lineup with 113 hits and 63 RBIs. ... Gary Sanchez looks to get his second half off on the right foot after leading the Yankees with 24 home runs in the first half.
|DJ LeMahieu, 1B||Eric Sogard, DH|
|Aaron Judge, RF||Freddy Galvis, SS|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Cavan Biggio, 2B|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Justin Smoak, 1B|
|Gleyber Torres, 2B||Randal Grichuk, RF|
|Gio Urshela, 3B||Danny Jansen, C|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Teoscar Hernandez, CF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Domingo German (10-2, 3.67 ERA), who returned from injury to win his last start against the Mets, pitching one-run ball over six innings. ... The Yankees are 11-3 in German's 14 starts this season, including wins in six of his last eight outings. ... German's 15% swinging-strike rate ranks him among the top 15 starters in the big leagues.
Who is starting for the Blue Jays?
RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-12, 6.16 ERA), whose 12 loses are the most of any American League pitcher. ... The Blue Jays have come up on the losing end in Sanchez's last nine outings. ... Sanchez had an abysmal month of June, going 0-6 with a 12.00 ERA. He allowed 36 earned runs and seven home runs during that stretch, walking more batters than he struck out.
The Yankees and Blue Jays continue their three-game set on Saturday, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. J.A. Happ (7-4, 5.02 ERA) goes for the Yankees against Blue Jays lefty Clayton Richard (1-5, 6.23 ERA).