LEADING OFF: Rays-Yankees renew rivalry, Flaherty vs Bauer

The Rays and Yankees renew their intense AL East rivalry with a Memorial Day matinee within the Bronx to start a four-game collection

A have a look at what’s taking place across the majors at this time:



“They hate us and so it’s simple for us to get extra excited to play these guys,” Tampa Bay reliever Ryan Thompson mentioned. “It’s sort of how they’ve behaved up to now couple years with us pitching inside, with them throwing at our guys, stuff like that.”

The primary-place Rays (34-20) have gained 15 of 16 and are tied with San Diego for one of the best document within the majors. In the meantime, the Yankees simply dropped three straight in Detroit for the Tigers’ first dwelling collection sweep of the Bronx Bombers in 21 years.

New York (29-24) was outscored 15-5 with 36 strikeouts throughout the collection and went 1 for 25 with runners in scoring place.

Wealthy Hill pitches for Tampa Bay towards Jameson Taillon at Yankee Stadium.

“We don’t have any reservations about it,” Thompson mentioned. “We simply go on the market and we’re like, `We’re going to beat these guys.’ They will speak all of the speak they need, they’ll throw at our guys, we’re going to beat them — and up to now two years we’ve positively accomplished that.”

Tampa Bay topped the Yankees of their Division Sequence final October on the best way to profitable the American League pennant. The Rays have gained six of 9, together with a 3-0 document in New York, throughout this yr’s season collection.

“After we play the Yankees, we don’t discuss it, it’s simply one thing totally different,” Thompson mentioned. “There’s a bit bit additional that you would be able to simply really feel it within the room, within the clubhouse and the sector. We wish to beat these guys.”


Jack Flaherty (8-1, 2.54 ERA) pitches for St. Louis towards Los Angeles newcomer Trevor Bauer (5-3, 2.07) within the opener of a three-game collection between Nationwide League contenders at Dodger Stadium. Flaherty leads the majors in wins, whereas Bauer ranks second within the NL with 91 strikeouts.


Boston supervisor Alex Cora returns to Houston when the Pink Sox open a four-game collection towards the Astros.

Cora was Houston’s bench coach when the Astros beat Boston within the playoffs en path to profitable the 2017 World Sequence. Then he managed the Pink Sox to the 2018 title, defeating Houston within the ALCS alongside the best way — solely to be fired after his function within the Astros’ 2017 unlawful sign-stealing rip-off was uncovered in a Main League Baseball investigation. Now, he is again in control of the stunning Pink Sox (32-20), who’ve gained three in a row and are a sport behind first-place Tampa Bay within the AL East.

José Urquidy (3-2, 3.22 ERA) is ready to return off the injured listing and pitch for Houston towards Eduardo Rodriguez (5-3, 5.06). Urquidy final began Might 12, when he exited a sport with shoulder discomfort.


Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres go to Wrigley Area for a day sport towards the Chicago Cubs. Chris Paddack (2-3, 3.61 ERA) is scheduled to pitch the collection opener for the Padres. He has allowed one run or fewer in every of his final 4 outings. Trevor Williams (3-2, 5.36) was initially slated to start out for Chicago, however he is unavailable after he had an appendectomy Sunday morning.


After getting rained out Sunday evening for the third time in 5 days, the depleted Mets (25-20) start a nine-game street journey at Arizona, which simply ended a 13-game shedding streak with a 9-2 win over St. Louis.

Two-time Cy Younger Award winner Jacob deGrom will begin the opener, and first baseman Pete Alonso (sprained proper hand) might come off the injured listing together with reliever Seth Lugo (proper elbow surgical procedure) and outfielder Kevin Pillar, who sustained a number of facial fractures when he was hit sq. within the nostril by a fastball on Might 17.

Regardless of having 16 gamers on the injured listing, the NL East leaders have gained 4 straight total and 9 of their previous 10 at Citi Area, the place the Mets are 15-5 this yr.

“I do know that we are able to take this sport to the street, too,” supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned.


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