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Rays report: Next target is Yankees’ Gerrit Cole

Brandon Lowe moves to No. 3 spot in the order in search of a second straight win at Yankee Stadium; Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound.
Tampa Bay Rays rightfielder Manuel Margo, right, celebrates with second baseman Brandon Lowe (8) after the Rays' 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay Rays rightfielder Manuel Margo, right, celebrates with second baseman Brandon Lowe (8) after the Rays' 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday. [ KATHY WILLENS | AP ]
Published Aug. 19, 2020

After beating Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees on Tuesday night in the Bronx, the Rays have an even greater challenge tonight as they face ace Gerrit Cole.

Since signing a nine-year, $324 million contract with the Yankees, Cole has won four of his five starts. The one no-decision was Aug. 8 against the Rays, when he allowed three runs on six hits and lasted only 4 2/3 innings. In his other four starts, he allowed six runs and 14 hits total.

The Rays are starting Tyler Glasnow who has yet to get in a groove after an abbreviated Spring 2.0 due to a case of COVID-19. He has not thrown five complete innings over his first four starts. On Thursday in Boston, he allowed five runs on eight hits over four innings, throwing 84 pitches.

Here is the Rays lineup, with sizzling Brandon Lowe in the No. 3 spot:

Meadows lf

Diaz 3b

Lowe 2b

Martinez dh

Choi 1b

Adames ss

Kiermaier cf

Margot rf

Zunino c

Glasnow p

And here is the Yankees lineup:

Hicks cf

Voit 1b

Urshela 3b

Ford dh

Torres ss

Sanchez c

Gardner lf

Frazier rf

Estrada 2b

Cole p