NEW YORK — Coming off their first road trip of the young season, the Yankees will look to start a quick home stand strong on Friday night against the Rays.
The Yankees went 2-4 on the trip, facing these same Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays down in Dunedin. The offense struggled quite a bit, and the starting pitching often didn't provide length, but this team has a chance to set the tone as they return to the Bronx.
As a light drizzle falls at Yankee Stadium, here are Friday's starting lineups, scheduled pitchers and some related reading to get you set for first pitch.
New York Yankees
DJ LeMahieu 1B
Aaron Judge RF
Gleyber Torres SS
Giancarlo Stanton DH
Gio Urshela 3B
Aaron Hicks CF
Gary Sánchez C
Clint Frazier LF
Rougned Odor 2B
Nick Nelson SP
New York goes with the opener with Nelson on the mound. Nelson has starting experience in the minor leagues, so don't be surprised if he gives some length, but the expectation is that Michael King will come on in relief after a few frames.
Otherwise, the offense will look to bounce back and build some momentum after a few disappearing acts on the road. Judge, LeMahieu and Sánchez have had solid seasons thus far, but the production drops off after that.
Tampa Bay Rays
Austin Meadows LF
Randy Arozarena RF
Brandon Lowe DH
Yandy Díaz 1B
Joey Wendle 3B
Manuel Margot CF
Mike Brosseau 2B
Willy Adames SS
Mike Zunino C
There's some bad blood in this rivalry, so keep an eye on hit by pitches on a damp night at the stadium. After tensions boiled in their series last summer, with Aroldis Chapman throwing up and in to Brosseau (resulting in a two-game suspension), there's a chance we could see something similar if things escalate on Friday.
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Just three batters into the game, the Rays have a two-run lead. Lowe powers a two-run double off the wall in right-center field. Mike King is already starting to warm up in the Yankees bullpen.
Nelson's night is over after just one frame, allowing the two runs on two hits. It's up to King now to get the Yankees through the early and middle innings of this one.
King has worked in and out of a few jams already, but has kept the Rays off the score board. New York meanwhile still has just the one base hit entering the fourth.
That was an ugly frame for the Yankees... New York allowed four runs as the Rays extend their lead to 6-0. Rougned Odor threw one away on a routine double play ball. Nothing is going New York's way in this one.
On offense, the Yankees continue to struggle. They've struck out nine times tonight against Michael Wacha.
Rays add two more on a couple bloop hits that evade the reach of Judge and Frazier in right and left. It's 8-0.
Giancarlo Stanton puts the Yankees on the board with a two-run blast to the opposite field. They're still down six, though. Going to take more base runners to chip away in this one.
FINAL: Yankees 2, Rays 8
The ugliest game of the season for the Yankees has finally come to an end. New York fell behind early and beyond the Stanton home run, couldn't do anything to crawl back.
The Yankees have a chance to bounce back on Saturday afternoon against Tampa Bay with Jordan Montgomery on the mound.
Thank you for following along and we'll see you back here next time.