Rays, Yankees Set For Weekend Rematch

After taking two of three from the Tampa Bay Rays at the Trop last weekend, the series shifts to Yankee Stadium with the Bombers trailing by just half a game in the standings. Meanwhile, the Red Sox, having woken up from their early season slumber, find themselves just four games off the pace. In an effort to grab the division lead and keep Boston in their rearview mirror, the Yankees will look for Gleyber Torres to lead the way after homering three times on Wednesday. The young infielder has now reached safely in 17 of his last 18 games, batting .352 with four home runs and 11 RBI in that span. With announcement that Miguel Andujar will undergo season-ending surgery, Gio Urshela will assume a much larger role in the Yankee lineup. The 27-year-old is sporting a .330 batting average through 94 at-bats this season. As Andujar goes down, we welcome back Aaron Hicks and may soon be seeing the return of James Paxton to the rotation. On the other hand, the Rays seem to have caught the injury bug, with catcher Mike Zunino and ace pitcher Tyler Glasnow hitting the Injured List earlier this week. The loss of Glasnow means that the Yankees will see the opener employed on Friday night vs. C.C. Sabathia. For the final two games of the series, they will have their hands full with Blake Snell and Charlie Morton. Last weekend, the reigning Cy Young Award winner struck out 12 Yankees over 5 and 2/3 innings, but he wasn’t the only Ray who had a big series. Fresh off the Injured List, Tampa outfielder Austin Meadows went 5-for-12 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. This series is certainly shaping up to be a good one, with the red hot Yankees looking to regain control of the division. On that note, I look forward to seeing what Aaron Hicks and Kendrys Morales can bring to the lineup this weekend.