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For a mid-August game with no real solid postseason implications for the Yankees, this is a great test for Masahiro Tanaka.

He isn’t facing the Blue Jays. The 29-year-old righty will be facing a team that can and often does punish mistakes, as Domingo German and J.A. Happ surely know. Whatever progress he’s made in his last two starts against the Jays and Indians needs to come through in Oakland, or the Yankees will be swept heading into Los Angeles to face their competition for MLB’s best record.

Tanaka has a 2.53 ERA in his career against Oakland, yet he hasn’t faced the A’s since 2017. Considering the turnover and progression of their roster, those stats can be thrown out of the window.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Yankees (83-45)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Didi Gregorius, SS
  4. Gio Urshela, DH
  5. Gary Sanchez, C
  6. Brett Gardner, CF
  7. Gleyber Torres, 2B
  8. Mike Tauchman, LF
  9. Mike Ford, 1B

RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Athletics (73-53)

  1. Marcus Semien, SS
  2. Robbie Grossman, LF
  3. Matt Chapman, 3B
  4. Matt Olson, 1B
  5. Mark Canha, CF
  6. Stephen Piscotty, RF
  7. Khris Davis, DH
  8. Corban Joseph, 2B
  9. Josh Phegley, C

RHP Tanner Roark

News & Notes

A little earlier with the 9:37 p.m. start tonight. Per usual, it’s on YES and WFAN, though not ESPN tonight. Enjoy the baseball!