Yankees at Nationals
The highest-scoring team in the majors faces the game's top pitcher when the visiting New York Yankees square off with Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals in the finale of a two-game interleague set Wednesday. Scherzer, who leads the majors in wins and strikeouts as he aims for a third Cy Young Award, will start the nightcap of what morphed into a virtual doubleheader after Tuesday's series opener was suspended.
The teams were tied 3-3 after 5 1/2 innings when the rain began and they waited out a delay of more than an hour before the game was halted and pushed to Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. ET. Anthony Rendon slugged a first-inning home run and the Nationals scored twice in the second to take a 3-0 lead against New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Tyler Austin led the Yankees back with a two-run shot in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. More rain is expected in Washington on Wednesday and again on Thursday, when both teams have a day off for a potential make-up game.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN, YES (New York), MASN (Washington)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH CC Sabathia (2-0, 2.23 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Max Scherzer (7-1, 1.69)
Sabathia allowed a total of one earned run over four starts before giving up four in four innings against Boston his last time out. The 37-year-old will be making just his third start of the year on the road, where he is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Howie Kendrick is 10-for-24 against Sabathia, who is 26-12 in 60 career interleague starts and will be making his first appearance at Nationals Park.
Scherzer has won six straight decisions after defeating Arizona with seven innings of one-run ball Friday on the road. He struck out 11 batters in the outing to record his sixth double-digit effort in that category this season. The 33-year-old is 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in seven career starts versus the Yankees, whose current roster is a combined 11-for-70 with 25 strikeouts against him.
1. Rendon's home run - once official - will be his third in the last five games.
2. Yankees LF Giancarlo Stanton singled before scoring on Austin's sacrifice fly for what would become his 1,000th career hit.
3. New York recalled OF Clint Frazier from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated RHP David Hale for assignment.