Sunday, August 14, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays 8/14

What an exciting weekend here in the Bronx. Alex Rodriguez said goodbye to the Yankees and their faithful fans on Friday night, the team said hello to Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin on Saturday while looking back at the 1996 World Series championship team and this afternoon it's just a boring and lazy Sunday in the Bronx. Today the Rays and the Yankees finish this awesome series as the two teams return to a little bit of normalcy, if that's even possible in the Bronx. This afternoon the Yankees will send Luis Severino to the mound as he makes his return back to the Yankees rotation, again, while the Rays counter with Jake Odorizzi.

Severino was sent down to Triple-A after his last start but due to an elbow injury for Nathan Eovaldi the Yankees future ace is back in the Bronx armed with a refined pitching repertoire. The Yankees sent Severino down to work on his offpseed pitches, namely his changeup, in hopes of turning his season around.

Odorizzi had been pitching to the tune of a 20.2 innings scoreless streak before facing off with the Toronto Blue Jays last time out. Odorizzi did not have his best stuff in that start but he tends to bring his "A" game against the Yankees which is evident by his 1-1 record and 1.12 ERA against the Bronx Bombers this season.

The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. Again, what an exciting weekend here in the Bronx. It has also been a draining weekend here in the Bronx with the goodbye of a Yankees legend and the introduction of two potential future Yankees legends. If only every weekend were like this. Go Yankees!

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