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For starters: Rays attempt to avoid series sweep at Yankee Stadium

Yandy Diaz heads to the IL as Daniel Robertson returns.
Tampa Bay Rays' Daniel Robertson loses his bat in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Tampa Bay Rays' Daniel Robertson loses his bat in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Published Jun. 19, 2019
Updated Jun. 19, 2019

NEW YORK — The Rays will try to avoid a series sweep this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The forecast improved overnight, so it appears today’s game should be played without a delay.

Tampa Bay dropped the first two games here at Yankee Stadium, and would fall to 3 1/2 games out of first -- their biggest deficit this season — if they lose today.

“Whether you lose two in a row here or anywhere else, to be able to kind of salvage something and take away something positive from this series would be really good,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said this morning.

The Rays will have Blake Snell on the bump. He has a 2.31 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season.

The Rays made a pregame roster move, placing infielder Yandy Diaz on the injured list with right hamstring tightness, retroactive to Monday. Cash said he is optimistic Diaz can return when he is eligible next Thursday in Minnesota.

The Rays recalled Daniel Robertson to fill Diaz's 25-man roster spot and he's in the starting lineup today against the Yankees, starting at third and batting ninth.

Robertson was optioned to Durham on Saturday and didn’t play for the Bulls before returning, but said getting the time off allowed him to clear his head.

Here are the starting lineups for today’s series finale:

Rays

Travis d'Arnaud C

Tommy Pham LF

Austin Meadows RF

Avisail Garcia DH

Willy Adames SS

Brandon Lowe 2B

Guillermo Heredia CF

Ji-Man Choi 1B

Daniel Robertson 3B

Blake Snell LHP

Yankees

D.J. LeMahieu 2B

Luke Voit 1B

Gary Sanchez C

Edwin Encarnacion DH

Aaron Hicks CF

Gleyber Torres SS

Cameron Maybin RF

Gio Urshela 3B

Brett Gardner LF

CC Sabathia LHP

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