For starters; Steve Pearce not in lineup as trade deadline nears & lineups vs. NYY
It’s an easy Sunday morning at the Trop unless you cover the Yankees, then you are busy writing about the trade that sent closer Andrew Miller to the Indians for a handful of prospects.
As for the Rays, well Steve Pearce is not in the lineup, fueling speculation that he will be traded before Monday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.
Pearce said as far as he knows it’s a day off.
“I’m just doing what I’m told,” Pearce said. “Maybe just the day game after the night game off.”
The Yankees are throwing RHP Michael Pineda, so switch-hitting Nick Franklin is playing first base. Manager Kevin Cash does not talk to the print media pregame on Sundays, but did tell Dave Wills and Andy Freed that it’s just a day off for Pearce.
RHP Chris Archer, talking in advance of Monday’s start against the visiting Royals, said he hopes the Rays do not make a move. He used the Indians as an example. The Indians played the Rays in the 2013 Wild Card game, had two down years and are now leading the AL Central. The reason, Archer said, is Cleveland’s front office kept the team together.
Archer said he would like to see what this team can do when healthy and with the rotation performing for an extended time like it has over the past 10 games.
As for today’s game, rookie Blake Snell faces the Yankees with a chance to complete the series sweep and extend the Rays winning streak to four. That would match their season-long.
This is the first time in his young career that Snell faces a team for the second time, so it will be interesting how the Yankees adjust to him and how he reacts to those adjustments.
Here are the lineups:
Pineda RHP (5-9, 5.00)
Snell LHP (2-4, 3.05)