The Yankees dropped the series opener yesterday afternoon in Baltimore, but they'll be back to work tonight against the Orioles. This will be the second game in an important, 13-game stretch in which New York will play exclusively AL East opponents.
Luis Severino is the starter tonight, as he tries to continue his strong run. Severino has probably been the best pitcher on the Yankees this year, as he leads the rotation in ERA, FIP, and WAR. He's coming off a sterling performance in which he shut out the Royals across eight innings.
Chris Tillman will go for Baltimore. Tillman has made just four starts this year after returning from a shoulder injury, and he's been uneven. He's allowed 10 runs in 20.1 innings, yielding no home runs but putting 10 batters on base via walk or strikeout. Tillman boasts a legitimate five-pitch mix, but his velocity has been noticeably down, from almost 93 mph last year to about 90 mph this year according to Brooks Baseball.
The most notable inclusion in the lineup is that of Rob Refsnyder, who will get another go at first base. Otherwise, everything looks normal, with Chase Headley starting again after a brief time on the bench, and with Greg Bird and Jacoby Ellsbury still on the mend. The game starts at 7:05 EST and can be seen on the YES Network.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Brett Gardner - LF||Seth Smith - RF|
|Gary Sanchez - C||Adam Jones - CF|
|Matt Holliday - DH||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Aaron Judge - RF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||Welington Castillo - C|
|Aaron Hicks - CF||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Chase Headley - 3B||Trey Mancini - LF|
|Rob Refsnyder - 1B||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Luis Severino - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|