Riding a 10-game winning streak, Giancarlo Stanton and the New York Yankees go for a two-game interleague sweep at NL East-leading Atlanta.
Stanton homered and drove in three runs Monday night as New York cooled off the streaking Braves with a 5-1 victory before a near-sellout crowd of 39,176 that was spiced up with plenty of Yankees fans.
New York snapped Atlanta’s own nine-game winning streak in the first regular-season matchup in almost 120 years between teams that had won at least nine in a row. The Pittsburgh Pirates took a 10-game winning streak into their Sept. 7, 1901, contest against the Philadelphia Phillies, who had won nine in a row. The Phillies won 4-1, but Pittsburgh went on to capture the NL pennant.
Andrew Heaney (8-8, 5.51 ERA) makes his fifth start for the Yankees since being acquired from the Angels. He is 2-1 with a 6.55 ERA for his new team.
Charlie Morton (12-4, 3.47) tries for his third consecutive win. He is 4-2 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 career starts against the Yankees. Morton has lasted at least six innings in seven of his past eight starts.
FOR THE BIRDS
Baltimore attempts to halt an 18-game losing streak when the Orioles host Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a three-game series.
It’s the longest skid in the majors since Kansas City dropped 19 in a row in 2005. Only three times during the slide have the Orioles lost by two runs or fewer.
Spenser Watkins (2-5, 5.63 ERA) pitches for Baltimore against Dylan Bundy (2-9, 6.04), a first-round draft pick by the Orioles in 2011. He last pitched for them in 2019.
All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson could return to the Chicago White Sox lineup in Toronto after sitting out three straight games because of soreness in his legs.
Blue Jays right-hander José Berríos (8-6, 3.52 ERA) is 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA in his past three starts. He went 0-2 in three starts against the White Sox this season with Minnesota.
Dylan Cease (9-6, 4.06) pitches for Chicago, which has a comfortable cushion in the AL Central.
Tampa Bay has some significant concerns heading into a two-game interleague series at Philadelphia.
The AL East leaders put designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the COVID-19 injured list Sunday before a 9-0 victory over the White Sox.
“Woke up not feeling good,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Opted to keep him away. Certainly will test and all that.”
Tampa Bay also lost starting pitcher Chris Archer and first baseman Ji-Man Choi early in the game. The Rays started the day with 16 players, including 15 pitchers, on the IL.
Archer was pulled because of left hip tightness in his first start since April 10, though he said he didn’t believe the injury was serious.
Choi exited with left hamstring tightness.
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