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UPDATE, 6:22 p.m. EDT: Tonight’s game has been postponed. Doubleheader tomorrow starting at 4:05 p.m. EDT. Have a good night, everyone.

Are you tired of hearing “what if I told you X would happen in Y back in January this year?” It’s getting old, I know. But pandemic or not, the Orioles and Yankees facing off while neck-and-neck for a Wild Card spot in September was unfathomable back then. It’s our reality now, though. This is a big game and a big series.

The Yanks will start this series without its best hitter, though. Luke Voit is out of the lineup, but don’t worry, it’s just a day off. As Aaron Boone mentioned a few weeks ago, the slugging first baseman has been dealing with “foot stuff”.

Yeah, he could use the day. It would be nice if it wasn’t in a pivotal game, but the Yankees have nothing but pivotal games remaining. Maybe we’ll see him pinch hit later if this one’s close. Here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles (20-22)

  1. Cedric Mullins, CF
  2. José Iglesias, SS
  3. DJ Stewart, RF
  4. Ryan Mountcastle, LF
  5. Pedro Severino, C
  6. Renato Núñez, DH
  7. Rio Ruiz, 3B
  8. Hanser Alberto, 2B
  9. Pat Valaika, 1B

LHP Keegan Akin

New York Yankees (22-21)

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Gleyber Torres, SS
  3. Aaron Hicks, CF
  4. Clint Frazier, RF
  5. Miguel Andújar, LF
  6. Gary Sánchez, DH
  7. Mike Ford, 1B
  8. Kyle Higashioka, C
  9. Thairo Estrada, 2B

RHP Gerrit Cole

News & Notes

  • There is some bad weather in the forecast tonight. In poured in the New York area this morning and more may come later this evening.
  • The Yankees expect to activate Gio Urshela when he’s eligible on Tuesday. That’s good news. (Bryan Hoch)
  • Minor transaction: the team signed LHP Ryan Buchter to a minor league deal and added him to the 60-man roster. He’s off to the Alternate Site. Buchter had sub-3 ERAs as a reliever each year since 2016, but struggled with the Angels this season and was recently let go. (Yankees PR)

Game time is 7:05 p.m. EDT. It’s on the usual networks: YES, WFAN, and WADO. It’s also on MLB Network if you’re out of market.