Sunday, July 31, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays 7/31

Here we go one last time. The finale between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays will take place this afternoon down in Tampa giving Brian Cashman plenty of time to move players and improve the team. In the finale the Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound looking to harness some of that "Big Mike" magic while the Tampa Bay Rays will counter with a tough left-hander in Blake Snell.

Pineda's last start did not start out as planned as he gave up a lead-off home run to the Houston Astros only to settle down and dominate for the rest of the performance. Pineda finished the start with seven innings while striking out eight batters in a Yankees 2-1 victory.

Snell heads into this start fresh off a great start against the Colorado Rockies where he pitched six shutout innings. Snell is a rookie and is going through the normal growing pains as a rookie but he has shown the Rays tons of hope and glimpses of a great and dominating future.

The game will be played at 1:10 pm ET inside Tropicana Field and can be seen on WPIX Channel 11 and MLB TV. Both teams have a lot to do between now and the 4:00 pm ET trading deadline on Monday, August 1st so let's get this one in the books and let's get to work. Shall we? The Rays are likely selling but the Yankees could be buying, as long as they buy smart. Go Yankees!

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