The Yankees (64-33, 10 GA in AL East) can sweep the Rockies (46-52, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Brett Gardner was scratched from the original lineup due to what manager Aaron Boone called a "barking knee." Mike Tauchman took his place in left. ...While the Yankees play today, two legends in Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. ...Though the long ball has been a Yankee specialty, they didn't need it on Saturday, scoring all 11 of their runs without hitting a homer. Edwin Encarnacion drove in a team-high three runs, while Gleyber Torres had two himself. Five other Yankees collected an RBI as well.
|Charlie Blackmon, RF||DJ LeMahieu, 3B|
|Trevor Story, SS||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Nolan Arenado, 3B||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Daniel Murphy, 1B||Edwin Encarnacion, DH|
|Ian Desmond, CF||Gary Sanchez, C|
|David Dahl, LF||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Ryan McMahon, 2B||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Chris Iannetta, DH||Gleyber Torres, 2B|
|Tony Wolters, C||Mike Tauchman, LF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP James Paxton (5-4. 3.94 ERA), who continues to toss quality starts, looking for his fourth straight this afternoon. Though the Yankees eventually lost, Paxton had a solid outing against the Rays his last time out. He allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking two over six innings.
The Yankees are 9-7 in games that Paxton gets the ball.
Who is starting for the Rockies?
RHP German Marquez (8-5, 5.12 ERA), who certainly wants to forget his last start against the Giants. Marquez allowed 11 earned runs on 11 hits (two homers) over 2.2 innings.
In his three July starts, Marquez has allowed 19 earned runs over 14.2 innings.
The Yankees head to Minnesota after this matchup to face the Twins on Monday at 8:10 p.m.