Game 123: Win It for the ’98 Team

Today, the Yankees welcome back the 1998 World Series Champions to celebrate the 20th anniversary of going 114-48 and winning a 24th title. First pitch has been pushed back to 1:25 p.m. as a result.

Luis Severino gets the ball as he looks to stabilize a shaky second half. In five starts after the All-Star break, the Yanks have gone just 1-4 and the 24-year-old righty has a 7.96 ERA in that time. The team is opting to keep Sevy on his normal schedule so that he can work through whatever is causing him to stay in the middle of the zone. Hitters are slashing .345/.377/.621 off him in those five starts where his ERA has gone from 2.31 to 3.27.

Sean Reid-Foley, born in Guam because of his father’s US Coast Guard assignment, gets the start for Toronto this afternoon. He made his MLB debut August 13 in Kansas City, allowing three earned runs on six hits and taking a loss against the Royals. He was the Blue Jays’ second round pick in the 2014 draft, and owned a 2.98 ERA in 23 starts between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • Gary Sánchez will head to Tampa on Sunday to continue his rehab. He went through a variety of baseball activities at Yankee Stadium yesterday and did not report any setbacks with his right groin injury. He could start his rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League so that he can be closely monitored by the staff in Tampa before being transferred higher in the system to face better pitching.
  • Aaron Judge is still not swinging a bat, but has been working in the outfield and running the bases. The All-Star expressed frustration “with being out,” but emphasized he did not want to rush back from the chip fracture in his right wrist and risk a setback that would cause him to miss even more time.
  • The Blue Jays placed last night’s starter, Marcus Stroman, on the 10-day disabled list as he continues to battle a blister.

Blue Jays Lineup:

  1. Billy McKinney – LF (old friend alert – McKinney makes his Blue Jays debut)
  2. Devon Travis – 2B
  3. Curtis Granderson – DH
  4. Justin Smoak – 1B
  5. Kevin Pillar – CF
  6. Teoscar Hernández – RF
  7. Danny Jansen – C
  8. Aledmys Díaz – 3B
  9. Richard Ureña – SS

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