Game 65: Severino Must Play Stopper

The Yankees have lost three in a row, and look to young right-hander Luis Severino to stop the bleeding.

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The Bronx Bombers had the chance Thursday night to gain a game on everyone in the American League East, and failed to do so. The bullpen continuously allowed the A’s back into the game until they finally pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Severino has been arguably the most effective pitcher in the starting rotation. His last three decisions have been wins, and he has a 1.27 ERA since May 24. He has faced the Athletics once before in his career, allowing two earned runs on seven hits. The Yankees hope he can be effective and give them length because the bullpen is strained due to injuries.

The Yankees have their second look at A’s lefty Sean Manaea tonight. Manaea pitched masterfully in their meeting May 26. He allowed no runs on four hits through seven innings at Yankee Stadium. He walked just one hitter, but struck out eight. Manaea has wins in his last five starts, during which time he has a 1.97 ERA.

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With the injuries to Aaron Hicks and Gary Sánchez last night, Joe Girardi fills out the lineup card with a very unique alignment tonight. Rob Refsnyder gets the start in left field, Ronald Torreyes will start at shortstop and newly recalled outfielder Mason Williams gets the nod in center field. It is unclear whether Hicks or Sánchez are available as pinch-hitters tonight.


Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Rob Refsnyder – LF
  2. Aaron Judge – RF
  3. Matt Holliday – DH
  4. Starlin Castro – 2B
  5. Chris Carter – 1B
  6. Chase Headley – 3B
  7. Austin Romine – C
  8. Ronald Torreyes – SS
  9. Mason Williams – CF
Oakland Athletics
  1. Matt Joyce – RF
  2. Chad Pinder – SS
  3. Jed Lowrie – 2B
  4. Khris Davis – LF
  5. Yonder Alonso – 1B
  6. Ryon Healy – DH
  7. Stephen Vogt – C
  8. Matt Chapman – 3B
  9. Jaycob Brugman – CF

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