The two teams currently holding American League Wild Card spots square off in the Bronx when the Yankees host the Twins for the opening act of a three-game set as part of a seven-game slate streaming live on MLB.TV.
Entering play on Monday, New York sits above the numerous clubs in Wild Card contention, with Minnesota just four games behind. The Yankees are also three games behind the Red Sox in the running for the AL East crown, while the Twins try to hold off the Angels, among others, for the final playoff spot.
Minnesota turns to right-hander Ervin Santana in the first game of the series. The 34-year-old hurler looks to keep his win streak intact; he hasn't lost since July 21, possessing a 4-0 record and 3.52 ERA in 10 starts since then.
New York counters with left-hander Jaime Garcia, who is still trying to find his groove following a tough start to his Yankees career. Garcia, who made one start for the Twins after being acquired from the Braves, was then traded to the Yankees just days later. The southpaw is 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA in six starts with the Yankees and has yet to complete six innings. He'll try to change that tonight.
First pitch for the contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
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Rhys Lightning takes on The Kid: [email protected], 7:05 p.m.
Phillies phenom Rhys Hoskins gets his first taste of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw as the two go head to head in Philadelphia.
Hoskins, who became the fastest player to 18 home runs in Major League Baseball history, attempts to work himself out of a mini-funk (hitless in his last 12 at-bats) versus one of the premier pitchers in the game.
Kershaw rebounded from his first loss since May 1 to hold the Giants to two runs (one earned) over six innings while striking out six. It will be his first start vs. the Phillies this season. Nick Pivetta (5-10, 6.75) gets the ball for Philly.
With a magic number of 4, Los Angeles can clinch the NL West as early as Tuesday with victories tonight and tomorrow, combined with D-backs losses tonight and tomorrow. Of course, regardless of what Arizona does, the Dodgers can clinch by sweeping the 4-game set.
Postseason push: [email protected], 7:05 p.m.
The Brewers find themselves 2 1/2 games behind the Rockies for the second Wild Card position in the National League as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates at PNC Park.
Milwaukee sends lefty Brent Suter to the hill; he's searching for his first victory since July 28. Suter, who has spent time in both the Brewers' bullpen and rotation this year, is 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA as a starter.
Right-hander Jameson Taillon toes the rubber for Pittsburgh in what will be his first outing since Sept. 7, when he allowed six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cubs.
Division clash: [email protected], 7:05 p.m.
The Red Sox, battling to stay ahead of the Yankees for the AL East lead, and the Orioles, fighting for their playoff lives, face off in Baltimore for the start of a three-game set at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Boston hands the ball to veteran right-hander Doug Fister, who is looking to bounce back from a loss to the Athletics. He had reeled off consecutive wins prior to that, giving up just one earned run in seven innings in both starts.
Dylan Bundy returns to the mound for the Orioles seeking his first win in September. Since his shutout win over the Mariners on Aug. 29, Bundy has surrendered six earned runs in 10 innings.