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The Yankees killed the “can’t beat the A’s” narrative yesterday and can take this weekend’s series with a win today. JA Happ gets a second shot against the A’s after a not so good outing in Oakland ten days ago. The lefty gave up five runs in four-plus innings, including two homers. It was basically the quintessential 2019 Happ start, unfortunately.

On the other side, Sean Manaea makes his season debut after missing all of this season recovering from shoulder surgery. If he’s anything like his pre-surgery self, it’ll be a big boost for Oakland’s rotation. The 27 year-old southpaw had a 3.59 ERA and 4.26 FIP in 160 2/3 innings before going under the knife last year.

Now that we’re in the final month of the regular season, roster expansion is upon us. Steve’s got you covered on who’s new in the Bronx today. And would you look at — there’s a familiar name penciled in the Yankees’ eighth spot:

Athletics (78-57)

  1. Marcus Semien, SS
  2. Matt Chapman, 3B
  3. Matt Olson, 1B
  4. Mark Canha, CF
  5. Khris Davis, DH
  6. Chad Pinder, RF
  7. Jurickson Profar, LF
  8. Sheldon Neuse, 2B
  9. Josh Phegley, C

LHP Sean Manaea

Yankees (89-48)

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

LHP JA Happ

News & Notes

This afternoon’s game is on YES locally and TBS nationally. And as usual, John and Suzyn have the radio call on WFAN. Enjoy!