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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: J.A. Happ vs. Ryne Stanek

Giancarlo Stanton bats fifth, plays right.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Giancarlo Stanton returns as the Yankees look to build on their momentum and add to their 1.5-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays as the they play the middle game of a three-game set tonight in the Bronx.

Maybe. Depends. We’ll see if Zeus and Thor cooperate. According to, we have an 80% chance of rain at game time, although that does decrease to 45% by 8 pm EST. So we’ll see.

If the game does happen, J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66 ERA, 5.37 FIP) gets the ball for the Yankees. He looks to bounce back from a rough outing against the White Sox, where he walked a season-high four batters and gave up four earned runs in five innings. Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.45 ERA, 3.13 FIP) will be the opener for the Rays, as they embrace another one of their bullpen days. The Rays are 13-7 in games that Stanek has opened.

Here’s the lineup that will be facing one of the top bullpens in the league:

Stanton is batting fifth and playing right field. The Yankees continue to get healthier, and this looks like it could be one of the best lineups the team has run out since the opening days of the season.

On the other side, here’s the lineup that Tampa Bay sends out against Happ:

Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05, although whether we’ll get the first pitch or the YES sad sax remains to be seen. You can catch this game on the YES Network or listen along at either WFAN 660/101.9 FM or WADO 1280, or you can stream the game on FuboTV.

Let’s go Clear Skies! Let’s go Yankees!

Update: The game is in a delay. We’ll have more news when it becomes available.

Update (7:41): The Yankees announce that the game is expected to begin at 8:20.