Tropicana Field presents a unique baseball environment and an ever present challenge for visiting teams. But Didi Gregorius looked right at home snatching a ball that careened off the B-Ring behind shortstop during the Yankees’ 6-3 loss to the Rays on Saturday.
Saturday night’s Rays-Yankees contest came down to a home run battle, which the Rays won for a 6-3 victory at Tropicana Field
For the first time since July 22, Alex Rodriguez was back in the Yankees’ starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Rays. The 41-year-old designated hitter batted cleanup after getting just one at-bat since his last start. He went 0-for-4 with four K’s in a 6-3 loss.
The Rays are hard to beat when they get pitching and the long ball. And that’s exactly the recipe they used Friday night to defeat the Yankees, 5-1, at Tropicana Field.
The Yankees and Rays will play the second game of their three-game series on Saturday at Tropicana Field. But the continued focus will be the on Monday’s non-waver Trade Deadline.
As Yankees starter Ivan Nova walked off the mound following a laborious 4 1/3-inning start Friday, he exchanged words with home-plate umpire Laz Diaz before hurling his glove against the dugout wall.
Tom Murphy is likely hoping July never ends considering the Rockies’ No. 11 prospect has raised his batting average over 100 points in 16 games so far this month. And Yankees first-round pick Blake Rutherford is scorching at Pulaski, hitting .429 after back-to-back four-hit games.
The non-waiver Trade Deadline is Monday. Three games against the Rays are the last chance the Yankees have to define themselves to the front office.
Suddenly, the Yankees have hope. Actually, lots of it. That’s what a month of solid baseball has gotten them. Isn’t that all any team asks for at this time of the year? Considering where they were just a few weeks ago, the Yankees will happily take it.
Jake Odorizzi is really looking forward to Monday, when he’ll no longer have to answer questions about his spot on the trade block ahead of the non-waiver Deadline. But before that, he’s scheduled to start for the Rays on Friday when they host Ivan Nova and the Yankees at Tropicana Field.
Masahiro Tanaka has been somewhat of a road warrior for the Yankees this season, but his last two starts, including Wednesday night’s 4-1 loss to the Astros, haven’t shown it.