After being rained out on Thursday, the Yankees (36-19, 0.5 GA in AL East) will open a three-game series against the Red Sox (29-26, 7.05 GB in AL East) Friday night at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
The Yankees enter the series having won nine of their last 11 games and their last eight series'. ... Chris Sale has had great success against the Yankees in his career, but Kendrys Morales will DH tonight, who has a career .268 average with three home runs and seven RBI against Sale in 41 at-bats. ... Aaron Hick also has decent numbers against Sale, hitting .333 with two doubles. ... Gary Sanchez has homered in his last two games and is hitting .288/.352/.650 with nine home runs and 15 RBI in the month of May.
|Mookie Betts, RF||DJ LeMahieu, 2B|
|Andrew Benintendi, LF||Luke Voit, 1B|
|J.D. Martinez, DH||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Rafael Devers, 3B||Gleyber Torres, SS|
|Steve Pearce, 1B||Kendrys Morales, DH|
|Eduardo Nunez, 2B||Gio Urshela, 3B|
|Jackie Bradley Jr. CF||Cameron Maybin, RF|
|Sandy Leon, C||Brett Gardner, LF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
LHP J.A Happ (4-3, 5.09 ERA,) who is coming off a strong performance against the Kansas City Royals in which he allowed three runs on four hits and struck out 10 batters over six innings of work for his fourth win of the year. ... Happ will also be making his second start against the Red Sox this season. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four over 6.1 innings on April 17.
Who is starting for the Red Sox?
LHP Chris Sale (1-6, 4.19 ERA), who has historically pitched well against the Yankees. In 18 games (15 starts) Sale is 6-5 with a 1.87 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 105.2 innings in his career against the Bombers. ... He has not pitched well this year, though. He did not record a win until his seventh start of the season and took the loss his last time out, allowing four runs, two earned, over six innings while striking out five against the Astros.
The Yankees and Red Sox meet again on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. RHP Domingo German (9-1, 3.43 ERA) will take the mound for the Bombers while RHP Rick Porcello (4-4, 4.41 ERA) will pitch for Boston.