The Yankees had a chance Tuesday to clinch the AL East and a playoff spot, but after a frustrating 3-2 loss to the Angels, the champagne had to stay on ice for at least one more night. Tonight, the Yankees will get another opportunity take the series, clinch a playoff spot and win their 100th game of the season.
Masahiro Tanaka will get the ball for the Yankees in what was expected to be J.A. Happ’s original slot. However, Tanaka is still making this start with an extra day of rest, so he’ll be good to go. Interestingly, moving Tanaka lines him up to start game one of a potential ALDS matchup on normal rest, which could be part of Aaron Boone’s strategy here. Tanaka will look to finish the season strong despite what has been an underwhelming September, where he’s gone 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts.
The Angels will counter with Andrew Heaney, a former top prospect. Now 28, Heaney has settled in as a back-of-the-rotation arm for the Angels for the past five years. He’s a lefty with a heavy sinker, a looping curveball and a deceptive changeup, and is 1-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three starts against the Yankees for his career.
How to watch:
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
First pitch: 6:35 p.m. EDT
TV broadcast: PIX11
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: FuboTV, MLB.TV