Yankees return home for five-game homestand vs. AL East division and inner-city rivals

The New York Yankees return home to Yankee Stadium tonight for the first of a brief five-game homestand. The stretch will featurea three-game series vs. their AL East Division rival Boston Red Sox (Friday-Sunday, August 11-13) and a two-game Interleague set vs. their inner-city rival New York Mets (Monday-Tuesday, August 14-15).

The homestand is also scheduled to feature the home debuts of two of the newest Yankees acquired at the MLB trade deadline: right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray and left-handed pitcher Jaime García.

In a special pregame ceremony prior to the Yankees-Mets game on Monday, August 14, the Yankees will recognize Claire Smith -winner of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. Smith will also throw out that night's ceremonial first pitch.

The Spink Award is generally viewed as one of the top honors given to a baseball writer and is presented annually in recognition of meritorious contributions to baseball writing during Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, New York. Recognized as a pioneer within the baseball community, Smith is one of the first women to cover a Major League Baseball beat extensively and is considered an influential voice in the industry.

Also that night, actor Derek Klena will perform the national anthem. Currently starring in the Broadway musical Anastasia, Klena is also known for his prior work in various Broadway shows including Wicked and The Bridges of Madison County and for his appearances on television shows such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Blue Bloods and Law and Order: SVU.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.yankees.com, www.yankeesbeisbol.com, at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office, via Ticketmaster phone at (877) 469-9849, Ticketmaster TTY at (800) 943-4327 and at all Ticket Offices located within Yankees Clubhouse Shops. Fans with questions may call (212) YANKEES [926-5337] or email tickets@yankees.com.

This season, the Yankees have unveiled numerous new, exciting and engaging social gathering spaces and concession options which are available for all Yankees fans to enjoy throughout the 2017 season.

New Stadium social gathering locations include: the Sunrun Kids Clubhouse - Yankee Stadium's first ever children's zone - located on the 300 Level in right field, Masterpass Batter's Eye Deck in center field, Frank's RedHot Terrace (overlooking the visitors bullpen), Toyota Terrace (overlooking the Yankees bullpen), AT&T Sports Lounge at Section 134 and Budweiser Party Decks on the 300 Level concourse.

For further information on these spaces and for details on parking and public transportation options to Yankee Stadium, please visit www.yankees.com and click on the Yankee Stadium tab at the top of the page.