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Rays at Yankees: Seeking a series sweep

New York ace Gerrit Cole will be on the mound, Yoshi Tsutsugo is back in the Tampa Bay lineup.
The Rays are looking to complete a sweep of their three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
The Rays are looking to complete a sweep of their three-game series at Yankee Stadium. [ MARC TOPKIN | Times ]
Published Apr. 18
Updated Apr. 18

The Rays are looking to make it a clean sweep of their weekend series in the Bronx when they take on the Yankees this afternoon, first pitch at 1:05.

Having beaten the Yankees in 14 of their past 17 regular-season meetings, the Rays today will have to beat ace Gerrit Cole to do so.

And they have a little bit different look to their lineup, with shortstop Willy Adames and outfielder Randy Arozarena getting the day off. Manager Kevin Cash said both appear off their game a bit at the plate, noting they have been behind fastballs and ahead of breaking balls.

With them out, the Rays have Yoshi Tsutsugo back in their lineup, with a chance, albeit a tough one against Cole, to get out of the season-long slump that has landed him on the bench, and maybe put his roster spot in jeopardy.

The Rays have lefty Ryan Yarbrough lined up to work the bulk of the innings today, but given that he doesn’t match up well against the Yankees and in this stadium, so they are starting right-handed reliever Andrew Kittredge as the opener.

The Rays have swept series of three or more games at Yankee Stadium three times previously: Sept. 24-26, 2013; June 30–July 2, 2014; and Aug. 18-20, 2020.

Also Sunday:

⋅ Reliever Collin McHugh, who had another rough outing Saturday, was placed on the injured list Sunday with a back strain. Chris Mazza, who was sent down Saturday, was called back up.

⋅ Centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who came off the injured list on Saturday, is back in the lineup, which Cash said makes them a better team.

Here is the Rays lineup:

And for the Yankees, in what will be the last game for Jay Bruce, who announced his retirement:

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