With players dropping like flies and the team dropping into second place in the American League East, the New York Yankees open a three-game series against the Houston Astros.

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Last night’s game was delayed close to three hours, and delivered heartbreak when 22-year-old Dustin Fowler tore his right patellar tendon in pursuit of a foul ball. He had successful surgery, and hopes to be ready for Spring Training in 2018. Per reports, the team gathered to chat with Fowler via FaceTime prior to Friday’s game.

Michael Pineda hopes to avenge his May 11 loss to the Astros tonight. In that game, he allowed three runs through 6⅔ innings. He fared much worse his last time out against the other Texas ballclub. Pineda lasted just four innings, giving up seven runs June 25.

His counterpart is probable All-Star Lance McCullers Jr. The righty is 7-1 on the year, and beat the Yankees behind six shutout innings and seven strikeouts May 12. He hasn’t lost since late April, and the Astros have only lost two games when he starts.

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Aaron Judge is the designated hitter for the second day, and Tyler Wade shifts into right field. Austin Romine catches tonight instead of first base, giving Chris Carter his first start since being called up. Ronald Torreyes gets yet another start, this time at second base.

The Yankees recalled right-hander Bryan Mitchell, and demoted fellow righty Ronald Herrera to AAA. The team will also be without Tyler Clippard for one game because his grandmother passed away. The team has not officially announced it, but it looks as though Miguel Andújar has been recalled to replace Fowler on the active roster.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  3. Aaron Judge – DH
  4. Didi Gregorius – SS
  5. Chase Headley – 3B
  6. Austin Romine – C
  7. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
  8. Tyler Wade – RF
  9. Chris Carter – 1B
Houston Astros
  1. George Springer – CF
  2. Josh Reddick – RF
  3. José Altuve – 2B
  4. Carlos Correa – SS
  5. Brian McCann – C
  6. Carlos Beltrán – DH
  7. Marwin González – 1B
  8. Yuli Gurriel – LF
  9. Alex Bregman – 3B

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