Game 101: Reinforcements Arriving

Zach Britton is active for the first time as a member of the New York Yankees, and newly-acquired J.A. Happ is set to join the team tomorrow.

Sonny Gray is coming off two straight wins, and hopes to keep that rolling tonight for the Yankees. In those starts (11⅓ innings pitched), he has allowed just two earned runs on six hits. He has 14 strikeouts to just four walks in that timeframe as well. Gray had one of his best starts on the season in Kansas City against the Royals on May 20, pitching eight innings and allowing one run on four hits.

Jakob Junis makes his second start against the Yankees in 2018. He got the win May 18 behind 5⅓ innings of two-run ball. Since then, he has a 2-7 record and 6.75 ERA. He only last four innings his last time out, giving up one run on four hits before exiting after just 77 pitches. The shortened outing came because he missed a few weeks with lower back inflammation.

Brandon Drury‘s bench spot will be taken by Shane Robinson, who was selected to the 25-man roster once the Happ trade was official. Luis Cessa was optioned to create a roster spot for Britton. The Yankees 40-man roster is now at 40 players.

Royals Lineup:

  1. Whit Merrifield – 2B
  2. Rosell Herrera – RF
  3. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  4. Salvador Pérez – C
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Jorge Bonifacio – DH
  7. Alex Gordon – LF
  8. Brian Goodwin – CF
  9. Adalberto Mondesí – SS

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