Game 122 – Another pop at the Trop

One more day looking at the muted tones of that ballpark in St. Pete means another game between the Rays and Yankees. I would call it the rubber game of the series, but I hate cliches. Today features a match-up between Hiroki Kuroda and Jeremy Hellickson.

Kuroda has not been reliable the past month and in his last four starts he is sporting a 4.81 ERA and a 1.397 WHIP. Hellickson, in his first five starts since coming off of the disabled list has a pretty 2.05 ERA, but in typical Hellickson fashion, sports a much higher FIP at 3.88.

There is good news for the Yankees as Brian McCann is back from his seven-day concussion DL stint. Well…I think that is good news. The Yankees activated McCann and sent Austin Romine (we hardly knew ya) back down to the minors.

Carlos Beltran is back in right field, Prado is at second. Stephen Drew is at short and Derek Jeter is again at the designated hitter position.

The Lineups:

New York Yankees:

  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Derek Jeter – DH
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  5. Carlos Beltran – RF
  6. Brian McCann – C
  7. Chase Headley – 3B
  8. Stephen Drew – SS
  9. Martin Prado – 2B

SP – Hiroki Kuroda

Tampa Bay Rays:

  1. Desmond Jennings – cF
  2. Ben Zobrist – 2B
  3. Matt Joyce – LF
  4. Evan Longoria – 3B
  5. James Loney – 1B
  6. Yunel Escobar – SS
  7. Vince Belnome – DH
  8. Jose Molina – C
  9. Kevin Kiermaier – RF

SP – Jeremy Hellickson

The game starts at 1:40, which is a weird time. Yahoo Sports does not list a local television outlet showing the game, but that can’t be right.  Anyway, enjoy the game.

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

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