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Rays at Yankees: Kevin Kiermaier activated

Top starter Tyler Glasnow is on the mound with the chances for a sixth straight series win over rivals.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier going through a pre-game workout on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier going through a pre-game workout on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. [ MARC TOPKIN | Times ]
Published Apr. 17
Updated Apr. 17

The Rays have top starter Tyler Glasnow on the mound and centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier back on the active roster as they prepare to take on the Yankees this afternoon.

After winning Friday’s series opener, the Rays are looking to clinch the series today, which would be their sixth straight overt the rival Yankees, extending their team record. (Plus, they also won the five-game AL Division Series in October.) The Rays also have won 13 of the past 16 regular-season games against them.

The Yankees are starting lefty Jordan Montgomery, who last Sunday hit Austin Meadows twice in the game at the Trop.

Kiermaier had been out since April 6 with a left quad strain, but has felt better and tested the leg with some simulated game at-bats Thursday and again Saturday morning. The Rays decided to activate him for Saturday’s game, sending down reliever Chris Mazza.

Here is the Rays lineup:

And for the Yankees, who held a team meeting after Friday’s 8-2 loss:

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