The Yankees (57-30, 7.5 GA in AL East) face the Tampa Bay Rays (51-39, 7.5 GB in AL East) in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday at Tropicana Field at 1:10 p.m.
During his six-game hitting streak, Aaron Hicks has three doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and a 1.147 OPS. ... DJ LeMahieu has a .474/.494/.697 batting line with four home runs and 51 RBIs with runners in scoring position. ... Gary Sanchez has 24 home runs through 66 games this season. By comparison, he hit 18 home runs in 89 games a year ago.
|Aaron Hicks, CF||Travis d'Arnaud, 1B|
|Aaron Judge, RF||Tommy Pham, LF|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Yandy Diaz, 3B|
|Gary Sanchez, DH||Avisail Garcia, RF|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||Nate Lowe, DH|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Michael Brosseau, 2B|
|Gio Urshela, 3B||Willy Adames, SS|
|Breyvic Valera, 2B||Kevin Kiermaier, CF|
|Austin Romine, C||Mike Zunino, C|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP James Paxton (5-3, 4.09 ERA), who threw six innings of one-run ball against the Mets last Tuesday. ... Paxton is 2-1 with a 5.97 ERA over his last six starts, as he has allowed 20 runs (19 earned), 40 hits and 15 walks in 28 2/3 innings. ... Though he has not faced the Rays this season, he had 10 strikeouts in seven strong innings when he faced them last season.
Who is starting for the Rays?
RHP Charlie Morton (9-2, 2.36 ERA), who struck out 12 Orioles in seven innings in his most recent start Tuesday. ... When he faced the Yankees on May 19, he allowed five runs (three earned) and four hits in four innings. ... Morton is 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA in eight starts at Tropicana Field this season.
The Yankees begin the second half with a 10-game homestand. First up: the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday at 7:05 p.m.