For starters: Rays’ road woes tend to resurface vs. Yankees

Tampa Bay has been solid away from home, especially this season, unless New York is in the mix.
A general view of Yankee Stadium on a much sunnier day. Rain or shine, the Rays usually struggle playing here. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
A general view of Yankee Stadium on a much sunnier day. Rain or shine, the Rays usually struggle playing here. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)
Published June 18

NEW YORK — With a loss tonight at Yankee Stadium, the Rays will have been defeated in 14 of their past 15 series in the Bronx.

Considering how well the Rays have played on the road this season — they are 22-8 on the road in games not against the Yankees — their struggles here have been uncharacteristic for this year’s club.

Weather could be a factor tonight. As of 4:30 p.m, the tarp was on the field at Yankee Stadium and onfield batting practice was canceled for both teams. But the game was still set to be played.

The Rays’ lineup that is slated to face Yankees starter J.A. Happ will have a different look, with Travis d’Arnaud leading off. Yandy Diaz is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game.

The Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton will make his first start tonight since returning from the IL.

Rays

Travis d'Arnaud 1B

Tommy Pham DH

Brandon Lowe 2B

Avisail Garcia RF

Willy Adames SS

Kevin Kiermaier CF

Guillermo Heredia LF

Mike Zunino C

Joey Wendle 3B

Ryne Stanek RHP

Yankees

D.J. LeMahieu 3B

Luke Voit 1B

Aaron Hicks CF

Gary Sanchez C

Giancarlo Stanton RF

Edwin Encarnacion DH

Didi Gregorius SS

Gleyber Torres 2B

Cameron Maybin LF

J.A. Happ LHP

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