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Four times in the past fortnight, the Athletics have handed the Yankees a loss. With J.A. Happ on tap Sunday, the Bombers’ best opportunity to salvage a victory against Oakland is today with Domingo German on the mound.

The Yankees had a rare off-night offensively and out of the bullpen Friday with no home runs and Tommy Kahnle allowing three runs. That combination is a rarity, and the Yankees have their top relievers ready to go for Saturday.

While the A’s winning helps keep the Red Sox out of the playoff picture, New York is in the thick of a fight for homefield. They’re tied for the best record with the Astros — They lose that tiebreaker — and are a half-game ahead of the Dodgers. All three teams have fairly easy schedules down the stretch, though these games with the A’s are far from easy.

To the lineups

Athletics (78-56)

  1. Marcus Semien, SS
  2. Robbie Grossman, RF
  3. Matt Chapman, 3B
  4. Matt Olson, 1B
  5. Mark Canha, CF
  6. Seth Brown, LF
  7. Jurickson Profar, DH
  8. Sheldon Neuse, 2B
  9. Chris Herrmann, C

RHP Homer Bailey

Yankees (88-48)

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

RHP Domingo German

News & Notes

  • ICYMI: CC Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day IL with right knee discomfort. Jonathan Loaisiga has been called up in his place.
  • There’s a fair amount of good news though; Aaron Hicks said last night that he has been cleared to begin a throwing program, while Edwin Encarnacion (wrist) has begun taking batting practice and will head to Scranton shortly. He could be back by the end of the homestand.
  • Reminder: Luis Severino makes his first rehab appearance Sunday in Scranton. That’s the Yankees’ most important start of the week.

Today’s game is a 1:05 p.m. start in the Bronx on YES, WFAN and MLB Network, the latter for those out of market. Enjoy your Saturday!