ST. PETERSBURG — Fans who came to see Yankees All-Stars D.J. LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres didn’t find them in the lineup at Tropicana Field on Sunday.
New York manager Aaron Boone opted to give both players off and started Breyvic Valera at second base. Valera got called up from the team’s Triple-A affiliate to play today. Catcher Gary Sanchez, who’ll start in the All-Star game on Tuesday, DH on Sunday.
“I just feel like both of those guys need a day,” Boone said of LeMahieu and Torres. “These are guys that we’ve leaned on heavily. We’ve been through a really tough stretch of games with obviously going over to London. And part of the way we’re built is on our depth, and time and time again we’ve rested guys.”
The Rays also rested Austin Meadows. Charlie Morton pitched, but it’s already been decided that he will not pitch at the All-Star game in Cleveland even though he earned a spot. The team’s third all-star, Brandon Lowe, will not participate in the game because he’s on the Injured List.