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Yankees vs Dodgers: How to Watch, Storylines, Lineups, and More

The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers have combined for 34 World Series championships, 61 World Series appearances, and (unofficially) more headlines in the last 96 hours than any two teams in Major League Baseball.

There are no shortage of storylines at play for two teams that rarely meet in the regular season, playing Friday night for the first of three games in the Bronx. It's easy for the hype around such a series to outpace the talent on the field, but this one could buck expectations. The Yankees have the best record in the American League at 45-19. The Dodgers have the National League's second-best record, at 39-25.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 02: Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after a single against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on June 02, 2023 in Los... Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Here are all the pertinent details:

Yankees vs. Dodgers: The Major Storylines

The Yankees are running the sport's second-highest payroll, per Spotrac. The Dodgers are seventh-highest by the same measure (2024 payroll obligations), but just committed more than $1.2 billion in future contracts to free agents — the most lavish offseason of any team in baseball history, if not all of professional sports.

All that money has certainly bought its share of star power. Aaron Judge and Juan Soto rank 1-2 in Wins Above Replacement in the American League according to FanGraphs. Mookie Betts and Shohei Ohtani rank 1-2 in the National League by the same metric.

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Soto won't be in the lineup on Friday night, but both offenses run plenty deep regardless:

How to Watch Yankees vs. Dodgers

Friday night, visibility for the three-game series in the Bronx between the two MLB superpowers will be more visible than any game since the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series in South Korea, which drew eyeballs on two continents.

Apple TV+ is carrying the game for the national streaming audience. Meanwhile, both regional sports networks — YES for Yankees fans in New York, SportsNet LA for Dodgers fans in Southern California — also have broadcasters on site for the local fans back home.

On Saturday night, the game will be broadcast on Fox. And on Sunday, the game will be broadcast on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball telecast.

Yankees vs. Dodgers: Who's Hot, Who's Not

Since returning from a back injury, Dodgers outfielder Jason Heyward has a .922 on-base plus slugging percentage with two home runs and two stolen bases. That's a relatively small sample size (44 plate appearances) but it's enough to qualify him as the hottest hitter on the team.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is even hotter at the plate, with a .398 batting average, 15 home runs and 36 RBIs over his last 30 games. (That's an 81-homer pace over a full season). The reigning AL Player of the Month will cool down at some point, but it might not happen in time for the Dodgers this weekend.

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On the cold side? The Dodgers' Chris Taylor enters the game with a .095 batting average for the season. With three more plate appearances, it'll qualify him for the lowest batting average of any player with 100 PAs in 2024.

Among players with 50 plate appearances, the lowest batting average of 2024 (.071) belongs to Trent Grisham, who's starting in center field Friday in Soto's absence.

Prediction? Flip a coin. The Yankees have won 10 of 19 head-to-head regular season games against the Dodgers in the (relatively brief) history of interleague play.

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