The Yankees (8-9) welcome the Royals (6-12) to the Bronx for a four-game series beginning Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. They can get back to .500 with a win.
Brett Gardner is staying in the leadoff spot after his clutch grand slam helped the Yanks beat the Red Sox on Wednesday. ... Mike Ford is set to make his MLB debut, batting seventh as the designated hitter. Ford was called up on Tuesday when Greg Bird went on the injured list with a plantar fascia tear. Ford was raking in 10 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 16-for-39 with five homers, four doubles and 14 RBI. ... DJ LeMahieu slides back to third base with Tyler Wade playing second and Gio Urshela on the bench.
|Whit Merrifield, 2B||Brett Gardner, CF|
|Adalberto Mondesi, SS||Aaron Judge, RF|
|Alex Gordon, LF||Luke Voit, 1B|
|Hunter Dozier, 3B||Gleyber Torres, SS|
|Ryan O'Hearn, 1B||DJ LeMahieu, 3B|
|Jorge Soler, RF||Clint Frazier, LF|
|Lucas Duda, DH||Mike Ford, DH|
|Martín Maldonado, C||Austin Romine, C|
|Billy Hamilton, CF||Tyler Wade, 2B|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Domingo Germán (3-0, 1.38 ERA), who is off to a strong start to the season filling in for the injured Luis Severino. He's allowed just three runs (two earned) in 13 innings so far. He has seven walks but has given up just three hits.
Germán earned the win in each of his first two starts, and he earned his third win in a relief appearance on Saturday after CC Sabathia made his season debut.
Who is starting for the Royals?
RHP Homer Bailey (1-1, 5.29,) who is coming off a great start against Cleveland in which he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six. He has 21 strikeouts in 17 innings this season.
That great start followed an awful outing in which he gave up seven runs in five innings against the Seahawks.
The Yankees continue their four-game set against the Royals Friday at 7:05 p.m.
LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 0.00) will start for the Yankees while the Royals will throw RHP Jakob Junis (1-1, 6.14.)