The Yankees will look to carry the momentum from Gio Urshela's walk-off single Friday night as they aim to stay atop the AL East over the Rays on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
The Yankees are in sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time since June 26 of last year. ... Urshela's hot bat has him bumped up to the sixth spot after going 3-for-4 with the game-winning hit on Friday. He enters Saturday's game hitting a slash line of .347/.398.500 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 98 plate appearances this season and is hitting .350 with 10 RBI in the month of May. ... Gary Sanchez will get a half-day with the day game after a night game but stays in as a DH with impressive numbers against Snell. Sanchez is 4-for-11 with three of those hits being home runs against the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.
|Austin Meadows, LF||DJ LeMahieu, 2B|
|Tommy Pham, DH||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Ji-Man Choi, 1B||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Yandy Diaz, 3B||Gary Sanchez, DH|
|Brandon Lowe, 2B||Gleyber Torres, SS|
|Avisail Garcia, RF||Gio Urshela, 3B|
|Kevin Kiermaier, CF||Cameron Maybin, RF|
|Willy Adames, SS||Austin Romine, C|
|Erik Kratz, C||Brett Gardner, LF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3.44 ERA, 1.20 WHIP with 47 strikeouts in 52.1 innings over six starts) who stifled the Tampa Bay Rays in his previous outing, holding them to one run on five hits over seven innings while striking out seven to pick up his third win of the season.
Who is starting for the Rays?
LHP Blake Snell (3.56 ERA, 0.98 WHIP with 62 strikeouts in 43 innings) who was outdueled by Tanaka his previous outing but still turned in a solid performance against the Yankees, allowing two runs on four hits over 5.2 innings while striking out 12 but took the hard-luck loss.
The Yankees and Rays conclude their series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks have not yet named a starter while RHP Charlie Morton will take the mound for the Rays.