Game 155: Hangover day

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The Yankees clinched the AL East division title yesterday, so they’re assured of playing past Game 162. The Bombers earned the right to party last night, but they still have eight games left on their schedule.

For what it’s worth, they still put out a representative lineup as Giancarlo Stanton got the day off and Aaron Judge returns as the designated hitter. The Bombers are still playing for homefield advantage in the ALDS and throughout the postseason. This isn’t the time to take the foot off the gas.

Clinching does allow them to rest more aggressively, but we’ve seen throughout the season the Yankees put ‘B’ or ‘C’ level lineups and still win. They’re the superior team in all of their remaining games, which helps the cause.

Let’s get to the lineups as they start a series with the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays (62-91)

  1. Anthony Alford, LF
  2. Cavan Biggio, 2B
  3. Lourdes Guerriel Jr., DH
  4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
  5. Randal Grichuk, RF
  6. Teoscar Hernández, CF
  7. Justin Smoak, 1B
  8. Danny Jansen, C
  9. Richard Ureña, SS

RHP Jacob Waguespack

Yankees (100-54)

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

LHP J.A. Happ

News & Notes

  • Edwin Encarnación is expected to rejoin the Yankees on their upcoming road trip. Gary Sánchez is lagging behind him in his rehab but could still be back by the Division Series.
  • CC Sabathia will pitch out of the bullpen for the rest of the season, once during each series.
  • The Jays claimed Breyvic Valera off waivers and DFA’d the recently claimed Ryan Dull.
  • With a win tonight, the Yankees would eclipse last year’s win total and reach 101 wins for the first time since 2009.

Back to the 7:05 p.m. starts. The game will be on WPIX and WFAN. Enjoy the weekend!


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1 Comment

  1. CountryClub

    I’m thinking that if the Yankees are going to have a chance to overtake the Astros, they’re going to need to go 7 and 1. And even that may not be enough, because the Astros schedule is so easy, losing three games it’s a stretch.

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