The St. Louis Cardinals (57-48) will host the New York Yankees (70-36),

), Friday at 8:15 PM ET, in the first of a three-game series.

As the favorite, the Yankees (-144 moneyline odds) play at the Cardinals (+123).

The New York Yankees will hand the ball to Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 ERA), who is looking for win No.

10 on the season, and the Cardinals will counter with Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.10 ERA).

The Yankees’ matchup Friday versus the Mariners ended in a 7-3 loss.

Kyle Higashioka went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI in the defeat, while Gerrit Cole threw six innings,

giving up six earned runs on seven hits while striking out eight en route to taking the loss.

The Cardinals took down the Cubs 7-2 yesterday. Nolan Arenado led the way offensively after going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI,