Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Yankees welcome Rockies for 2-game set

The Rockies swept a two-game Interleague series from the Yankees last week at Coors Field, and the two clubs will switch locations for another two-game set that begins Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Right-handers Ivan Nova and Chad Bettis will reprise their pitching matchup from the second game of that series, in which Colorado defeated the Yankees, 6-3, on June 15. Bettis worked six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits, picking up the win.
Nolan Arenado's 20th home run of the season highlighted the Rockies' attack against Nova, who was pounded for five runs and 10 hits in five innings.
Three things to know about this game
• Nova has permitted at least three earned runs in each of his last five starts after permitting just one run in each of his first three starts. The damage could have been worse in Denver; catcher Austin Romine said Nova seemed to be getting away with pitches up in the zone early that outing.
• Arenado is probably looking forward to taking aim at the Yankee Stadium outfield walls, especially after taking Nova deep in their last meeting. The power-hitting third baseman entered play on Sunday tied for the Major League lead with 20 home runs. Arenado has hit 12 at Coors Field and eight on the road.
• The Rockies have three players who are former Yankees: left-hander Boone Logan, infielder Mark Reynolds and right-hander Chad Qualls. In addition, Colorado bullpen coach Darren Holmes was a member of the 1998 World Series-winning Yankees. Yanks manager Joe Girardi was on the inaugural Rockies expansion roster in 1993.

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