Hurray for no more Canada! Instead, the Yankees will be switching artificial surfaces as the team heads to the Trop for another four game set against divisional rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays. I suppose now is as good of a time as any to present the narratives; so, here we go bullet style!
- The Yanks will be facing, not one, but two starting pitchers that they haven’t seen before (Alex Cobb tonight, and Jeremy Hellickson tomorrow). So that should be a blast. If you haven’t had a chance to read Larry’s series preview, you should stop slacking and get on it because it’s good stuff!
- The Rays are fresh off a demoralizing 16 inning loss to the Red Sox. With any luck, their bullpen will be shot for tonight. TYA writer, Will, discusses how absurdly long matches affect a team on their next outing.
- Evidently, the Yankees have discovered how to effectively pitch Evan Longoria. Mark Simon explains.
- Ramiro Peña has been placed on the disabled list for four to six weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Brandon Laird has been called up from Scranton to take his place. Laird was batting .266/.296/.415 with 10 home runs in the minor leagues.
And on the mound:
RHP A.J. Burnett (8-7, 4.15)
RHP Alex Cobb (2-0, 3.41)