The Yankees (99-54, 9.0 GA in AL East) can once again try to clinch the AL East with a win over the Angels (69-83, 30.5 GB in AL West) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.
The Yankees' magic number for the AL East title remained at one after last night's 3-2 loss to the Angels... They can claim the title with a win or a Rays' loss to the Dogers Thursday night. ... Giancarlo Stanton made his return to the lineup Wednesday night after being reinstated from the 60-day IL. ...went 1-for-3 with one strikeout in the loss ... CC Sabathia pitched for his final time at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night, leaving the mound after throwing for 2.2 innings. ... A win tonight would give the Yankees' their 21st 100-win season in franchise history and their first back-to-back 100 win seasons since doing so three years in a row from 2002-2004. ... The MLB also placed Domingo German on administrative leave under the joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Voilence Policy.
|Brian Goodwin, CF||DJ LeMahieu, 2B|
|David Fletcher, 2B||Giancarlo Stanton, DH|
|Kole Calhoun, RF||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Albert Pujols, DH||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|Jared Walsh, 1B||Gio Urshela, 3B|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||Cameron Maybin, LF|
|Kevan Smith, C||Brett Gardner, CF|
|Matt Thaiss, 3B||Clint Frazier, RF|
|Michael Hermosillo, LF||Austin Romine, C|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-8, 4.60 ERA), who hasn't picked up a decision in his last two games. ... In his last start, Tanaka allowed four earned runs on eight hits in five innings pitched. ...his six strikeouts were his most in September and his second highest total since June 17.
Who is starting for the Angels?
LHP Andrew Heaney (4-5, 4.76 ERA), who has an 8.79 ERA this month. ...picked up the loss in his last start after allowing 6 earned runs, including three homers, on 10 hits in just 3.1 innings pitched against the Rays last week. ...has reached 100 strikeouts in a season for the second time in his career.
The Yankees will begin their final home series of the regular season when they host the Blue Jays on Friday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. LHP J.A. Happ (12-8, 5.07 ERA) will get the start for the Yankees against RHP Jacob Waguespack (4-5, 4.70).