We’re now just a few hours away from Game Four of the ALDS, where the Yankees will fight to see another day. They just released their starting lineup for this must-win game in San Diego, and it features a couple changes from yesterday.
The Yankees finally moved up Giancarlo Stanton, with the superstar slugger in the midst of one of the hottest postseasons in recent memory. Stanton crushed his sixth home of the playoffs last night, and will at last bat cleanup. Luke Voit shifts down to the five-hole.
Kyle Higashioka will also start again, as the Yankees’ faith in Gary Sánchez appears all but nonexistent at this point. Higashioka seemed Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher for a while, but if the Yankees force Game Five, it’s likely Higashioka will start 80-percent of the games in this series.
Brett Gardner plugs in for Clint Frazier, and somewhat surprisingly slots in sixth. Kevin Cash said the Rays would open with right-hander Ryan Thompson, but there’s a real chance lefty Ryan Yarbrough follows him. Should a left-hander take up the bulk of the innings tonight, Gardner’s inclusion could look dubious, though Aaron Boone will certainly have the option to sub in Frazier midgame.
Take a look at the full lineup:
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