After an exhilarating series against the Oakland Athletics, the Yankees went dormant against the Rangers on Labor Day, getting shut out for the first time in 220 games. These games happen to everybody once in awhile, but it’s crucial that the Yankees get back on track tonight.
Leading the way will be James Paxton, who has been a rock since the calendar flipped to August. Paxton went 6-0 on the month with a 3.57 ERA, and opponents hit just .192 against him. Paxton finally looks like the starter the Yankees thought they acquired this winter, and not a moment too soon.
The Rangers will counter with 23-year-old Ariel Jurado, but not before veteran right-hander (and one-time MLB All-Star) Edinson Volquez serves as the opener. This will be Volquez’s fourth appearance in what will be his final season. As for Jurado, he’s has had a bit of a difficult season, going 7-10 with a 5.19 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, but he threw six scoreless innings last Wednesday in relief.
Don’t forget – tonight’s game starts at 6:30 instead of the customary 7:00 as the Yankees look to appeal to more families during school-time weeknights.
Tue. at NYY: Choo 9, Andrus 6, Calhoun 7, Solak DH, Santana 3, Forsythe 4, Kiner-Falefa 5, DeShields 8, Trevino 2, Volquez as opener for Jurado 1— John Blake (@RangerBlake) September 3, 2019
How to watch:
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
First pitch: 6:35 p.m. EDT
TV broadcast: YES
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: FuboTV, MLB.TV