MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
NY Yankees1 1 0 3 0 3 3 0 3 14181
Texas2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7111
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  W: S. Tarpley (1-0)   L: J. Palumbo (0-3)
5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 PM MST7:05 PM EST7:35 PM VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 PM CT, September 27, 2019
Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 35,168

Yanks to face Texas with injured players poised to return

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New York Yankees at Texas Rangers

  1. Since 2012, the Rangers have gone 26-25 against the Yankees -- they and the A's (33-22) are the only AL teams with winning records against the Yankees since 2012.
  2. The Yankees have scored one run in their last two games, their first two-game span with just one run since June 2018. The Yankees have lost four of their last five on the road -- they hit five homers in the one win and have two homers in the four losses combined.
  3. The Rangers have gone 2-9 in their last 11 games after going 7-4 in their previous 11 games. The Rangers pitching staff has a 7.48 ERA in these last 11 after posting a 4.91 ERA in the previous 11.
  4. The Yankees have had eight double-digit hitting streaks in 2019, four of which belong to DJ LeMahieu. He's 19-for-49 (.388) during his active 11-game hit streak. The Yankees are 5-2 when LeMahieu scores a run during this streak and 0-4 when he does not.
  5. Aaron Judge is one of 10 AL players to score at least 73 runs through 100 games this season -- three play for the Yankees (Judge, LeMahieu, Encarnacion), three play for the Red Sox (Betts, Devers, Bogaerts), three play for the Astros (Altuve, Springer, Bregman), and the other is Mike Trout.
  6. Rougned Odor is one home run shy of having 30+ homers and 10+ steals in three of the last four seasons. The only others to have three such seasons since 2016 are Mike Trout and Francisco Lindor.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2019 thru 9/29/2019

Despite an offensive power outage against the Tampa Bay Rays earlier in the week, the New York Yankees have a couple of good things going for them as they arrive in Arlington, Texas, this weekend.

New York (102-57) scored a single run in 21 innings in two losses to the Rays on Tuesday and Wednesday, tallying only on Cameron Maybin's home run in the first game, but the club is getting healthier as the playoffs draw near.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that catcher Gary Sanchez (left groin) and Edwin Encarnacion (left oblique) will be in the lineup during the series against the Texas Rangers, which opens Friday night with an 8:05 ET first pitch at Globe Life Park.

Sanchez is expected to start and catch five innings on Friday, according to Boone. He added that Encarnacion will probably DH in two games and play first base in the other.

"I feel good. Everything I did, nothing bothered me," said Sanchez, who has 34 homers in an All-Star season. "That is what you are looking for."

Also, Boone said third baseman Gio Urshela (bruised hand) should play Friday, too.

But the news isn't all good on the Yankees' front.

In the battle for home-field advantage through the AL postseason, New York begins the weekend series knowing it needs to win all three games, and hope that the Houston Astros (104-55) lose all three to the host Los Angeles Angels. Should the Angels and Yankees finish with the same record, the Astros hold the tiebreaker by winning the seven-game season series 4-3.

Off the field, MLB and the MLB Players Association on Wednesday extended the administrative leave for starting pitcher Domingo German, accused of domestic abuse, through the season's World Series, making him ineligible for the remainder of 2019.

James Paxton (15-6, 3.73) will start Friday, and the southpaw has posted a career-best 10-start winning streak.

In his lone start this season against the Rangers, on Sept. 3 in New York, he allowed just one hit and no runs, struck out 12 and earned his 12th victory. He is 3-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 14 careers starts against the AL West club.

The Rangers (76-83) won for just the second time in 11 games on Thursday, beating the visiting Boston Red Sox 7-5, but the day turned out to be a fun one.

While Willie Calhoun and Danny Santana led the offense, the day belonged to starting pitcher Mike Minor, who recorded his career-high 14th win.

Also, Minor reached the 200-strikeout mark for the first time. His previous high was 181 for Atlanta in 2013.

Minor was in line for the win and appeared done after Calhoun and Rougned Odor hit solo homers for the 7-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh.

However, he returned for the eighth to get one final K for the strikeout mark, but Boston's first three batters were all retired on one-pitch at-bats in a three-pitch inning as the Red Sox oddly tried to keep Minor from reaching his goal.

Minor came out again for the ninth, and first baseman Ronald Guzman allowed an easy one-out popup by Chris Owings to drop foul for a second strike.

The lefty then fanned Owings, who hit a tying homer off him in the seventh, for the 200th K.

"There wasn't much conversation until we got close to the strikeout total," Minor said. "I knew the accomplishment was pretty close, so we wanted to keep on going out there."

Stony Brook, N.Y., native Joe Palumbo (0-2, 9.22) will be seeking his first career win in his first appearance against the Yankees.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2019

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