We take a look at the top stats to know heading into the game.
The pitching matchup
Sabathia has won 24 games since the start of the 2013 season after averaging 18.5 wins per season from 2009-12. Only two pitchers allowed more home runs per nine innings than Sabathia last season (Ian Kennedy and Rubby De La Rosa). He has allowed one homer in three starts this season.
Despite recent struggles, Sabathia leads active pitchers with 2,584 strikeouts, 3,004 innings pitched and 38 complete games. He has 215 career wins, second among active pitchers to Bartolo Colon (219).
Perez is looking for his first win despite three quality starts in his four outings this season. The left-hander is 3-8 with a 4.47 ERA since returning last July from Tommy John surgery.
He has a 56.2 percent ground-ball percentage this season, which ranks 10th in the American League. He had a 59.8 ground-ball percentage last season, which was second in the AL among pitchers who made at least 14 starts.
Rangers' April improvement
The Rangers had to come from way back to overtake the Astros for the American League West title last season, but they’re off to a much better start this season.
Texas (11-10) has four more wins than it had all of last April, when the Rangers were 7-14 for the month. The Rangers are seeking a winning April for the fifth time in six years.
Beltre bringing it
The Rangers are riding the hot start of 37-year-old third baseman Adrian Beltre, who played his 2,500th career game at third base Friday night. That’s second most in major league history at third base to Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson (2,870 games).
Beltre isn’t slowing down at 37 years old. He’s fifth among AL third basemen with a .845 OPS, pushing younger stars Manny Machado (1.066), reigning MVP Josh Donaldson (.989), Mike Moustakas (.951) and Travis Shaw (.914).
Beltre is also playing exceptional defense this season, which is nothing new for the four-time Gold Glove winner. He has five defensive runs saved, which is tied for fifth in the AL. Beltre had 18 defensive runs saved last season, tied for fourth in the AL.
Yankees' struggling offense
The Yankees aren’t scoring as many runs by way of home runs this season, and maybe that’s part of the reason their scoring is down. New York scored 47.5 percent of its runs via the home run last season, third highest in the major leagues. They are 11th in baseball this season, scoring 29 of their 70 runs (41.4 percent) by way of the long ball.
The Yankees have a .323 slugging percentage since April 13, worst in the AL. They have lost nine of 13 games during that stretch.
New York has held a lead in 15 of 19 games this season, yet it has an 8-11 record.
Finding it in the bullpen
The Yankees are 88-0 when leading after eight innings since the start of the 2015 season, the most wins in baseball without a loss.
The New York bullpen may be better this season, even without the suspended Aroldis Chapman. Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances have dominated out of the bullpen. Betances and Miller have combined for 38 strikeouts, which is 73 percent of their outs this season.
When Chapman returns from his suspension, the Yankees will have the top three relievers in strikeouts per nine innings with a minimum of 50 innings pitched last season.