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  W: T. Gonsolin (2-1)   L: C. Sabathia (5-8)   S: K. Jansen (27)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT, August 24, 2019
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 53,803

Dodgers send rookie Gonsolin to face Yanks legend Sabathia

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New York Yankees at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. This series between the Yankees and Dodgers will be the first interleague game all-time in which both teams enter at least 30 games over .500. It is also the latest date (August 23) that the teams with the best record in both leagues will face off in the regular season.
  2. With his two-homer performance yesterday, Gleyber Torres (23) became the third Yankee all-time to hit 30+ HR in a season at the age of 23 or younger. Joe DiMaggio did so in 1937 and 1938, and Mickey Mantle accomplished the feat in 1955 (based on age at end of MLB regular season).
  3. Cody Bellinger has hit 24 of his 42 home runs this season at home -- the most ever by a player at Dodger Stadium in a season. He's one shy of the franchise record for home runs at home, as Gil Hodges (1954) and Duke Snider (1956) both hit 25 when the club was in Brooklyn.
  4. Since the start of last season, Hyun-Jin Ryu has a 0.95 ERA (14/132.1) in 20 starts at home. Since ERA became official an official stat in 1913, only two pitchers have recorded a lower ERA in any 20-start span at home: Walter Johnson (two different spans) and Sandy Koufax (1964-65; 1.94 ERA).
  5. Since July 1, Mike Tauchman ranks first in the majors with a .446 on-base percentage (min. 100 PA). Overall, Tauchman's on-base percentage sits at .376 this season in 74 games -- Tauchman's career OBP in two MLB seasons prior to joining the Yankees was .265 in 52 games.
  6. Max Muncy's streak of five straight games with a home run ended yesterday as the lefty went 0-for-3. Muncy has 68 home runs since the start of 2018, second most by any left-handed batter over that time (Christian Yelich -- 77).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/23/2019 thru 8/25/2019

When the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees continue their showdown series Saturday afternoon, a pair of pitchers will square off on the opposite ends of their big league journeys.

The Yankees will send veteran CC Sabathia (5-7, 5.01 ERA) to the mound in the middle game of the series as he continues through the back half of his 19th and final season with one more playoff run in mind.

The Dodgers will counter with rookie Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 3.00 ERA), who will be making just his fourth career start and his fifth appearance. He made his major league debut on June 26.

In a matchup of teams that have squared off in the World Series 11 times, though not since 1981, the Yankees won the series opener 10-2 on Friday, backed by five home runs, including both a grand slam and a solo shot from Didi Gregorius.

Sabathia hopes to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the series after lasting just three innings and giving up four runs on four hits Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. He was his first game back from the injured list after he missed three weeks because of right knee inflammation.

"Just a little rusty, but I felt really good," Sabathia said after the outing against the Indians. "I feel like it's something I can build off of."

Sabathia struggled in the four starts before landing in the IL, going 0-2 with a 7.17 ERA over 21 1/3 innings. He gave up nine home runs in those four appearances. He is 1-0 against the Dodgers in three career starts with a 0.84 ERA.

However, he has the benefit that comes with the knowledge of pitching in 556 games (all starts) and 3,563 1/3 innings. Gonsolin has only has 18 innings under his belt.

What Gonsolin lacks in experience, he makes up for with a run of recent success that figures to give him more opportunities down the stretch.

After an impressive four-inning relief outing at Colorado on July 30, he has made two starts this month, pitching 10 total innings and giving up just one run. He has thrown as many as 90 pitches in a major league outing.

He has not yet faced the Yankees, who already know they will have to earn things at the plate. Gonsolin might be new to the game's highest level, but he has shown enough control to walk just one batter while striking out 15.

There were no rave reviews for his four-inning start Sunday at Atlanta, but he did just give up one run and didn't walk a batter, even if he yielded five hits and threw 72 pitches in order to record 12 outs.

The outing was a learning experience, as Gonsolin appeared to run out of gas in his final inning.

"I wouldn't say the stamina was getting down or anything like that," Gonsolin said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I think I can do a better job of staying hydrated, for sure."

Despite the defeat Friday, the Dodgers have lost just twice in their past 12 home games.

The Yankees are a major-league-best 43-19 since June 15 and 76-36 since April 19. New York has lost just two of its past 20 series.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 24, 2019

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