Game 68: Let’s Try This Again

The Yankees try to put their road trip from hell behind them as the Los Angeles Angels come to the Bronx to open a three-game series.

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The Bombers dealt with a lack of quality pitching and timely hitting during their seven game swing to Anaheim and Oakland. In fact, they’ve lost their last six games. Tasked with ending that is righty Michael Pineda. He received a no-decision June 14 in Anaheim, but allowed five runs on 10 hits through six innings of work. Prior to that outing, he had won four out of his five last starts. Pineda is 6-1 with a 1.96 ERA at Yankee Stadium, and hope that trend continues tonight.

The Angels will send a familiar face to the mound in Parker Bridwell. Bridwell relieved Matt Shoemaker June 14, and allowed just one unearned run through 3⅔ innings. The Yankees did manage seven hits off of him. Tonight marks his second career start, after getting the win May 30 against the Atlanta Braves.

The Yankees are happy to see their lineup return to full strength, as Aaron Hicks returns to the No. 2 spot. Hicks had missed three consecutive games with an Achilles injury. It is currently unclear if the Yankees will maneuver their roster prior to first pitch. Mason Williams started the final three games of the Oakland series in center field, but may be considered superfluous at this point.


The Yankees have gotten promising news on injured center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Multiple sources report that he will take batting practice at some point soon with AA Trenton. He has been out since May 24 with a sprained neck and concussion.

Top prospect infielder Gleyber Torres will undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured left elbow tomorrow. It will be performed by Dr. David Altchek, per Bryan Hoch.

Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports that Greg Bird is seeing a doctor about his continuous leg/ankle problem that has kept him from performing up to his potential this season. He has been on the disabled list since May 2.


Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Angels
  1. Cameron Maybin – CF
  2. Kole Calhoun – RF
  3. Albert Pujols – DH
  4. Yunel Escobar – 3B
  5. Luis Valbuena – 1B
  6. Andrelton Simmons – SS
  7. Eric Young Jr. – LF
  8. Martín Maldonado – C
  9. Danny Espinosa – 2B
New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Aaron Hicks – CF
  3. Aaron Judge – RF
  4. Matt Holliday – DH
  5. Starlin Castro – 2B
  6. Gary Sánchez – C
  7. Didi Gregorius – SS
  8. Chase Headley – 3B
  9. Chris Carter – 1B

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