Edwin Encarnacion is making his Yankees debut as New York (43-27, 0.5 GA in AL East) begins a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (43-28, 0.5 GB in AL East) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees acquired Encarnacion, 36, in a trade with the Mariners over the weekend. In 65 games this year, he is slashing .241/.356/.531 with an American League-high 21 home runs. ... Yankees relievers have a 5.70 ERA in the month of June, which ranks 21st in the majors in that span. ... In seven games since returning from Tommy John surgery, shortstop Didi Gregorius is hitting .385/.407/.538 with one home run and three RBIs.
|Austin Meadows, DH||DJ LeMahieu, 3B|
|Tommy Pham, LF||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Brandon Lowe, 2B||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Avisail Garcia, RF||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Ji-Man Choi, 1B||Edwin Encarnacion, DH|
|Kevin Kiermaier, CF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Willy Adames, SS||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
|Joey Wendle, 3B||Cameron Maybin, RF|
|Mike Zunino, C||Brett Gardner, LF|
Who is starting for the Rays?
RHP Yonny Chirinos (7-2, 2.88 ERA), who is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two games against the Yankees this season. ... When he last pitched at Yankee Stadium, Chirinos threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision. ... Over his last six outings, he is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA, having allowed seven runs, 25 hits and 31 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings.
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-5, 3.58 ERA), who is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA over his last two starts. ... Tanaka has succeeded against the Rays this season, as he is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts. ... In eight home starts, he is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA.
J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66 ERA) faces Ryan Yarbrough (5-3, 5.59 ERA) in the second game of the three-game set on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.