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MLB Preview: San Diego Padres (23-27) at New York Yankees (30-22)

SAN DIEGO PADRES NOTES:

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NEW YORK YANKEES NOTES:

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees continue their six-game homestand tonight with the first game of a three-game set vs. San Diego (through Sun.)…are 1-2 on the homestand after dropping two-of-three games vs. Baltimore…after this homestand, will embark on a six-game road trip to Seattle (Mon.-Wed.) and Los Angeles-NL (6/2-4).

At 30-22 (.577), have the fourth-best record in the AL and the seventh-best record in the Majors.

Have lost back-to-back games for the first time since losing a season-high four straight games from 4/28-5/1…are still 5-2 in their last seven games, 7-3 in their last 10 games, 9-4 in their last 13 games and 12-5 in their last 17 games.

Are 15-7 (.682) in their last 22 games (since 5/2), the best record in the Majors in that span.

Have won or split four of their last five series (since 5/8), five of their last seven series (since 5/1) and 11 of their 16 series this season (going 9-5-2).

Each of their last three wins and nine of their last 15 wins have been come-from-behind wins.

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: The Yankees fell to the Orioles, 3-1, on Thursday at Yankee Stadium…RHP Clarke Schmidt (5.0IP, 5H, 1ER, 2BB, 4K) started and took the loss despite allowing just 1ER in 5.0IP…Yankees batters recorded just 3H, matching their season low…DH Willie Calhoun (2-for3, 1 double, 1RBI, 1BB) reached base three times and drove in the Yankees’ only run with an RBI double in the ninth inning…2B Gleyber Torres (1-for-4) hit a lead-off single in the first inning…was the Yankees’ only hit over the first six innings…C Ben Rortvedt (0-for-0, 2BB) made his second start of the season and walked twice…RF Aaron Judge (0-for-3, 1R, 1BB) walked in the ninth inning to extend his on-base streak to 12 games…Manager Aaron Boone was ejected by HP umpire Edwin Moscoso in the third inning… LHP Nick Ramirez (0.1IP, 1H), RHP Jimmy Cordero (1.0IP, 1K), RHP Clay Holmes (0.2IP, 1H, 1K) were all scoreless in relief…LHP Wandy Peralta (1.0IP, 2ER, 2BB, 1K) allowed 2ER in the eighth inning.

NOBODY BEATS THE RIZZ: INF Anthony Rizzo has hit .305/.390/.528 (60-for-197) with 28R, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 8HR, 29RBI, 22BB, 7HP, 2SF and 7SB in 53 career games vs. San Diego…since 2018, has batted .437/.481/.761 (31- for-71) with 12R, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 4HR, 19RBI, 3HP, 1SF and 1SB in 19 games vs. the Padres.

Is third in the AL and tied for seventh in the Majors in hits (58)…also ranks fifth in the AL and tied for 10th in the Majors in BA (.301)…is also sixth in the AL in OBP (.376), tied for sixth in the AL in multi-hit games (15) and seventh in OPS (.889).

Is batting .333/.380/.606 (22-for-66) with 13R, 3 doubles, 5HR, 15RBI, 4BB and 1HP in his last 16 games (since 5/8).

Has 7RBI in his last six games (since 5/19), 10RBI in his last 10 games (since 5/14), 13RBI in his last 12 games (since 5/12) and 16RBI in his last 17 games (since 5/7).

Has reached base in 24 of his last 27 games and 43 of his 50 games this season.

Eight of his last 16 hits have been XBH (3 doubles, 5HR).

Has reached base in 26-of-28 games at home this season, hitting .362/.433/.638 (38-for-105) with 20R, 5 doubles,8HR, 19RBI, 11BB, 3HP and 1SF in those games…has hit safely in 24-of-28 home games…among Major League batters at home, ranks fourth in OPS (1.071, second in AL), tied for fourth in HR (tied for fourth in AL), fifth in BA (first in AL), tied for fifth in OBP (first in AL) and seventh in SLG (fourth in AL).

CALENDAR DAYS: The Yankees have hit 44HR in 23 games during the month of May, the most in the Majors in that span…also rank fourth in SLG (.466), runs scored (123) and runs scored per game (5.35).

NATIONAL TREASURE: The Yankees are 7-2 in nine Interleague games this season…have won each of their three series vs. NL Opponents this season (3-0-0).

Are facing the Padres for the first time since 5/27- 29/19…are 11-7 all-time vs. San Diego and 7-2 against the Padres in the Bronx.

GLEYBER DAY: INF Gleyber Torres has reached base in 19 of his last 20 games (since 5/5), batting .300/.363/.538 (24-for-80) with 4 doubles, 5HR, 15RBI, 8BB, 1HP and 2SF in that span…has also reached base in 29 of his last 33 games (since 4/20) and 32 of his last 37 games (since 4/15).

Has batted .318 (14-for-44) with 8R, 3HR, 6RBI, 3BB, 1HP and 1SF in his last 11 games (since 5/14).

Has multiple hits in three of his last five games, four of his last seven games and five of his last nine games.

ALL RISE: OF Aaron Judge walked in the ninth inning on Thursday to extend his on-base streak to 12 games (since 5/12)…is batting .349/.509/.953 (15-for-43) with 12R, 2 doubles, 8HR, 17RBI, 14BB/2IBB and 1SB in that span.

Leads the Majors in SLG (.630) and OPS (1.032), ranks second in AB/HR (10.43, first in AL), is tied for fourth in HR (14, tied for first in AL) and is ninth in OBP (.402, fourth in AL)…is also third in the AL in walks (30).

Has 12BB in his last nine games, 14BB in his last 12 games and 16BB in his last 15 games.

Has reached base multiple times in six of his last seven games, seven of his last nine games, eight of his last 11 games and nine of his last 14 games.

Has 3HR in his last six games, 6HR in his last nine games and 8HR in his last 11 games.

Has 17RBI in his last 11 games…has recorded 19RBI in 15 games since returning from the I.L. (since 5/9).

Has reached base safely in each of his last 18 Interleague games (since 8/5/22), batting .444/.524/.861 (32-for-72) with 20R, 6 doubles, 8HR, 20RBI, 12BB/2IBB and 3SB in that span…marks the second-longest on-base streak by a Yankee in Interleague play in the last eight seasons (since 2016), trailing only his own 21-game streak from 6/12/18-7/23/20.

Has batted .315/.406/.642 (117-for-371) with 78R, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 33HR, 66RBI, 56BB and 9SB in 102 career Interleague games.

Will be facing the Padres for the first time…the Padres are one of four opponents he has not hit a HR against in his career (0HR in 2G vs. Arizona, 0HR in 5G vs. St. Louis and 0HR in 10G vs. Washington).

BRONX BOMBERS: The Yankees have hit 78HR this season, the second-most home runs in the AL and the fourth-most in the Majors.

Were held homerless on Thursday after hitting multiple home runs in each of their previous six games…have still hit multiple home runs in 11 of their previous 13 games (since 5/12), 15 of their last 18 games (since 5/7) and 17 of their last 22 games (since 5/2).

Have hit 27HR in their last 13 games and 36HR in their last 17 games.

Have scored 106R in their last 18 games (since 5/7), averaging 5.89 runs per game in that span…scored 133R in their first 34 games of the season from 3/30-5/6 and averaged 3.91 runs per game over that span.

LEMACHINE: As a Yankee (since 2019), INF DJ LeMahieu has hit .324/.404/.500 (88-for-272) with 56R, 12 doubles, 3 triples, 10HR, 29RBI, 35BB, 4SB, 3HP and 2SF in 71 Interleague games…is the second-highest batting average (min. 100PA) by a Yankee in the history of Interleague play, trailing only Carlos Beltrán’s .326 BA.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: RHP Randy Vásquez will make his Major League debut tonight…will become just the 12th pitcher in the last 16 seasons (since 2008) to make his Major League debut as a starter for the Yankees… joins RHP Jhony Brito (4/2/23 vs. San Francisco), RHP Luis Gil (8/3/21 vs. Baltimore), RHP Deivi García (8/30/20-G2 vs. New York-NL), RHP Chance Adams (8/4/18 at Boston), RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (6/15/18 vs. Tampa Bay), LHP Jordan Montgomery (4/12/17 vs. Tampa Bay), RHP Chad Green (5/16/16 at Arizona), RHP Luis Severino (8/5/15 vs. Boston), RHP Chase Whitley (5/15/14 at New York-NL), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4/4/14 at Toronto) and RHP Adam Warren (6/29/12 vs. Chicago-AL).

TONIGHT’S STARTING PITCHER: RHP RANDY VÁSQUEZ (MLB DEBUT)
RHP Randy Vásquez will make his Major League debut tonight vs. San Diego…was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to tonight’s game…the 24-year-old will pitch on extended eight days’ rest…last pitched for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 5/17 at Charlotte, earning his first win of the year after tossing 5.0 scoreless innings (2H, 3BB, 5K)…has made nine starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, going 1-5 with a 4.85 ERA (42.2IP, 44H, 27R/23ER, 23BB, 50K, 5HR)…will be the second Yankees pitcher to make his Major League debut this season (also Jhony Brito on 4/2 vs. San Francisco)…spent the 2022 season with Double-A Somerset, going 2-7 with a 3.90 ERA (115.1IP, 106H, 56R/50ER, 41BB, 120K, 11HR) in 25 starts…following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees’ No. 9 prospect and labeled as having the “Best Curveball” among Yankees farmhands…was added to the Yankees 40-man roster on 3/22/22…was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on 5/21/18.

2023: Has made nine starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, going 1-5 with a 4.85 ERA (42.2IP, 23ER) and 50K…has allowed 3R-or-fewer in seven of his nine starts, 1R-or-fewer in three of those starts and two starts were scoreless.

Tossed 5.0IP-or-more in each of his last five starts with the RailRiders after not reaching 5.0IP in his first four starts of the season.

Did not allow a HR in each of his last four starts starts with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after surrendering 5HR in his first five starts.

Earned his first win of the season on 5/17 at Charlotte after tossing 5.0 scoreless innings (2H, 3BB, 5K)…his 2H marked a season low.

HOME SWEET HOME: In four home starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, has gone 0-3 with a 5.60 ERA (17.2IP, 15R/11ER) and 24K.

Made 13 home starts with Double-A Somerset in 2022, going 1-5 with a 3.36 ERA (59.0IP, 27R/22ER) and 61K.

FOR STARTERS: Will become just the 12th pitcher in the last 16 seasons (since 2008) to make his Major League debut as a starter for the Yankees…joins RHP Jhony Brito (4/2/23 vs. San Francisco), RHP Luis Gil (8/3/21 vs. Baltimore), RHP Deivi García (8/30/20-G2 vs. New York-NL), RHP Chance Adams (8/4/18 at Boston), RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (6/15/18 vs. Tampa Bay), LHP Jordan Montgomery (4/12/17 vs. Tampa Bay), RHP Chad Green (5/16/16 at Arizona), RHP Luis Severino (8/5/15 vs. Boston), RHP Chase Whitley (5/15/14 at New York-NL), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4/4/14 at Toronto) and RHP Adam Warren (6/29/12 vs. Chicago-AL)…along with RHP Jhony Brito, will mark just the third time during that span the Yankees will have two pitchers make their Major League debut as a starter in the same season (also 2014: RHP Chase Whitley and RHP Masahiro Tanaka; 2018: RHP Chance Adams and RHP Jonathan Loáisiga).

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Is the eighth Yankees pitcher to start against a National League opponent in his Major League debut, joining RHP Jhony Brito (4/2/23 vs. San Francisco: W, 5.0IP, 0R), RHP Deivi García (8/30/20-G2 vs. New York-NL: ND, 6.0IP, 1R/0ER), RHP Chad Green (5/16/16 at Arizona: L, 4.0IP, 6R/4ER), RHP Chase Whitley (5/15/14 at New York-NL: ND, 4.2IP, 0ER), RHP Tyler Clippard (5/20/07 at New York-NL: W, 6.0IP, 1ER), LHP Brad Halsey (6/19/04 at Los Angeles-NL: W, 5.2IP, 2ER) and LHP Brandon Claussen (6/28/03-G2 at New York-NL: W, 6.1IP, 1ER).

Is the eighth Yankee to draw a start at the current Yankee Stadium in his Major League debut (second this season), joining RHP Jhony Brito (4/2/23 vs. San Francisco), RHP Luis Gil (8/3/21 vs. Baltimore), RHP Deivi García (8/30/20-G2 vs. New York-NL), RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (6/15/18 vs. Tampa Bay), LHP Jordan Montgomery (4/12/17 vs. Tampa Bay), RHP Luis Severino (8/5/15 vs. Boston) and RHP Adam Warren (6/29/12 vs. Chicago-AL)

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