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Yankees' Severino returns against depleted Angels lineup

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Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

  1. The Yankees and Angels meet in the Bronx after New York took three of four in Anaheim back in April. The Yankees are 8-2 against the Angels since the start of last season, with Los Angeles totaling 20 runs in its eight losses (2.5 runs per game) and scoring 11 in each of its two wins.
  2. At 98-53, the Yankees are on the verge of their 21st 100-win season. The next-closest franchise is Oakland, which has 10 100-win seasons, and would need 10 victories in its final 11 games for its 11th.
  3. Brett Gardner hit two homers in New York's weekend series at Toronto, giving him seven home runs in 12 games this month after hitting three in 26 August games. With 25 homers, 25 doubles and seven triples, he is the first Yankee to reach those numbers in a single season since 2011, when both Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson did it.
  4. Gleyber Torres hit his 37th homer on Saturday and is tied with the Royals' Jorge Soler for the most home runs in the AL since the start of August with 17. The Yankees are 25-4 in games Torres hits a homer, and that .862 winning percentage is third-best in MLB among players homering in at least 20 games.
  5. The Angels have lost 25 straight games when scoring four runs or fewer since beating the Dodgers on July 24. On the season, they have the majors' worst record when plating four runs or less at 6-63 (.087).
  6. Albert Pujols drove in four runs Sunday and now has 89 RBI on the season. With his next RBI he will become the first player with 17 90-RBI seasons in the live-ball era. He and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron are the only players with 16 90-RBI seasons.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2019 thru 9/19/2019
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The New York Yankees are closing in on their first American League East title since 2012, but all eyes will be on the pitches coming out of Luis Severino's right hand.

Severino is expected to make his season debut Tuesday night when the Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees (98-53) enter Tuesday with a magic number of three to clinch the AL East and are tied with Houston for the AL's top record. The Yankees are close to their 18th division title despite Severino being among a major league-record 30 players covering 38 stints on the injured list this season.

Severino was a 19-game winner last season and signed a four-year, $40 million extension before spring training began. On March 15, he was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation his right shoulder and on April 9, he was diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain.

Severino returns after making two rehab starts with Double-A Trenton that covered 4 1/3 innings and 97 pitches.

"I am very excited about that," he told reporters in Toronto on Friday. "It's been a long wait, but it happened. I'm happy that I'm healthy and I'm going to be able to help my team.

"The guys here have done a good job all year. A lot of guys have been working hard all year, so I only have to do my part."

Tuesday will likely see Severino throw about 75 pitches in his first major league start since Game 3 of the ALDS against Boston.

The Yankees are welcoming Severino back after going 6-4 on a 10-game trip that ended with Sunday's 6-4 loss in Toronto, when Jordan Montgomery and Dellin Betances made their season debuts.

Severino is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three career starts against the Angels, but this time he will not be facing Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout.

Ohtani is out for the season due to left kneecap surgery that will need eight to 12 weeks of recovery time. Trout last played Sept. 7, and on Sunday the Angels announced he is undergoing season-ending surgery to get a thickening of tissue removed from his right foot.

Ohtani ended his second season by hitting .286 with 18 homers and 62 RBIs in 106 games. Trout's season is over after he batted .291 with a career-high 45 homers and 104 RBIs to go along with 110 walks, a .438 on-base percentage and 1.083 OPS.

"It's my mindset coming in every year, I want to be the best player in the league," Trout said. "Ever since I was a kid, that's always been my mindset, just be the best. Thinking about being done when you have two weeks left, it sucks. I was having my best season."

The Angels (68-82) head to New York 14-33 in their last 47 games since getting to 54-49. They clinched their fourth straight losing season Saturday night but salvaged the finale of a three-game series against Tampa Bay when Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs in Sunday's 6-4 win.

The Angels will begin their season-ending 12-game stretch against the Yankees, Houston and Oakland by starting Jose Suarez (2-6, 6.94 ERA). Suarez is 0-5 with a 7.64 ERA in his last 11 starts, the longest winless skid for an Angel since Hector Santiago's 11-game skid in 2014.

Suarez is making his first career start against the Yankees. The 21-year-old left-hander last pitched in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland when he allowed six runs in three innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 17, 2019

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