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Rays report: Shane Baz on mound to take on Yankees

A Tampa Bay win tonight would deal New York just its third series loss of the season.
The Rays have rookie right-hander Shane Baz on the mound tonight as they seek a second straight win over the Yankees.
The Rays have rookie right-hander Shane Baz on the mound tonight as they seek a second straight win over the Yankees. [ NICK WASS | AP ]
Published Jun. 22

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have rookie right-hander Shane Baz on the mound tonight as they seek a second straight win over the Yankees.

Doing so would hand the Yankees just their third series loss of the season, as they have won 17 of their first 19 and split two others (one against the Rays). A Tampa Bay win also would saddle New York with its first back-to-back losses since the end of its May 26-29 visit to Tropicana Field.

The Yankees are starting left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in four previous starts at Tropicana Field.

Also:

• Manager Kevin Cash said the Rays still await additional medical opinions on outfielder Manuel Margot’s right knee injury, but the reports are “looking better than not.” Cash said there still will be “a significant down period” for Margot but didn’t rule out the potential for him to return this season.

• Reliever Andrew Kittredge had his Tommy John elbow surgery, and it was considered to have gone well.

• Right-handed pitcher Chris Mazza, who was designated for assignment on Monday, cleared waivers and elected free agency.

Here is the Rays’ lineup, which — no surprise — includes Isaac Paredes coming off his team record-tying three-homer game on Tuesday:

And for the Yankees:

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