Friday, July 28, 2017

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays 7/28


The weekend is almost upon us and so is the second game in the contest between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays. If the Yankees are for real this season the team will have to prove that to not only themselves but to the Rays and the rest of the American League East this weekend with a strong showing against a strong team and rival. In the start tonight the Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound hoping he has figured it out after struggling for much of the 2017 season while the Rays will counter with Austin Pruitt. If the Yankees ever needed a strong outing from the right arm of Tanaka and an ace-like performance that time is now. Happy Tanaka Day, I hope it is anyway.




Tanaka, despite what you read on various blogs and on Twitter, has looked better since his slow start in the month of May. This hasn’t equated to many wins for the Japanese-born right-hander including losses in his last two starts against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Boston Red Sox before taking a no-decision against the Seattle Mariners. In the start against Seattle the Yankees ace allowed four runs in six innings of work. “It’s not what you want.”




Pruitt will switch from the Rays bullpen to their starting rotation to make his starting debut tonight in the Bronx. Pruitt won a spot in the Rays bullpen out of spring training and has made 18 appearances for Tampa Bay as a reliever despite spending most of his MiLB career as a starter. What’s your “welcome to the rotation” present? Aaron Judge. Congrats.




The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB Network and MLB TV. You can also follow along in your cars and on the radio by tuning into WFAN with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Friday night baseball in the Bronx. Enjoy the game! Go Yankees!!



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