TAMPA -- The Rays and Yankees close out their three-game weekend series today on Mother's Day with a strong pitching matchup in the rubber game. Rays ace Blake Snell goes against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
The Yankees won the opener Friday, 4-3, and the Rays took Game 2 on Saturday 7-2. A win today would give the Rays 10 series wins in their first 13 this season.
“I think that’s our goal,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said, “regardless of who we’re playing, find a way to win a series. We’ve put ourselves in a position now to do that with two really good pitchers on the mound. ... We’ve done a good job to this point of the season of winning series and hopefully that doesn’t change today."
Rays catcher Anthony Bemboom will start today, and he will become the oldest position player to make his major league debut since 2015. The 29-year-old Bemboom spent eight years in the minors before receiving his first big league callup this weekend. Columnist John Romano detailed Bemboom’s story in today’s Times.
“We’re excited for him,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s obviously a big challenge with catching Blake. He got a couple reps, whether it’s bullpen or game in spring training. I know they did a lot of talking yesterday and throughout our game about approach and game plan. He should be excited.”
The Yankees recalled reliever Chad Green from Triple-A before today's game. Green was demoted last month after posting a 16.43 ERA. He made three appearances in the minors for Scranton, all of them in a opener role, starting the game and throwing two to three innings. He posted a 2.45 ERA there.
Here's the Rays' starting lineup:
And here’s the Yankees’ lineup: