Advertisement
  1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Rays

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)
Published Jun. 19
Updated Jun. 19

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

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez raises the NLCS trophy after Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-4 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) JEFF ROBERSON  |  AP
    They’re easy to like, familiar-looking and also connected to Montreal. Most importantly, they’re not the Astros or Yankees.
  2. Nationals aces Max Scherzer, left, and Stephen Strasburg have gone a combined 5-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 42 innings this postseason. Sweeping the Cardinals in the NLCS also means they will get an extra week of rest before the World Series. ANDREW HARNIK | AP Photo ANDREW HARNIK  |  AP
    John Romano: In the age of computer models and number crunching, Washington reached the World Series the old-fashioned way. With a pair of proven starting pitchers.
  3. A rainout likely clears the way for the Yankees to pitch Masahiro Tanaka on Thursday. MATT SLOCUM  |  AP
    Northeast expected to be hit by powerful coastal storm known as ‘Bomb Cyclone.’
  4. Rays relief pitcher Nick Anderson has earned two postseason honors thanks to his stellar performance in the team's bid to reach the postseason Doug Clifford | Tampa Bay Times
    July 31 trade acquisition from Marlins named to Baseball America’s all-rookie team and wins top Midwest player award.
  5. The Rays' Tommy Pham proved to be one of the team's best players in 2019. His success is made more remarkable by overcoming a debilitating eye disease in years past that threatened his career. CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP
    Tommy Pham spoke to more than 150 doctors in San Francisco about his eye condition, keratoconus.
  6. Joe Maddon had successful runs with the Rays and Cubs, and now heads back to the Angels. Tampa Bay Times
    Maddon gets a reported three-year deal to return to his original organization, and one that could use his help.
  7. Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Joey Wendle (18) looks from the dugout after losing 6-1 to the Houston Astros after winning Game 5 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Houston. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    Sports Day Tampa Bay: Times beat writer Marc Topkin looks ahead to the offseason, Rays free agents and the future of the opener.
  8. Astros starter Gerrit Cole continues his dominant postseason against the Yankees in Game 3. FRANK FRANKLIN II  |  AP
    Houston takes a two games to one lead at Yankee Stadium
  9. The Tampa Sports Authority is scheduled to take up a renovation proposal for New York Yankees spring training home George M. Steinbrenner Field today. The Yanks plan to improve outfield views and concourses, revamp entry ways and add shade for fans. [Getty Images]
    The team will host a ALCS watch party at its spring training home Tampa
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) warms up before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) ALASTAIR GRANT  |  AP
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What else went wrong in London, ranking the Rays, Lightning worries, Gators’ SEC title hopes.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement