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New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Yonny Chirinos

The Yankees will look to move forward after last night’s debacle in Tampa Bay.

New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

After a series-opening loss in which nothing went right, the Yankees will look to bounce back in game two against the Tampa Bay Rays. Did you know that the Bombers have lost five straight contests against Tampa?

Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball in tonight’s game. In two starts since coming off of the disabled list, Tanaka has yet to record a decision. After hitting a wall against Baltimore in his first start, he looked much better against a tough Cleveland Indians lineup. He received a no-decision after allowing two runs and striking out five over 6.1 innings. The Yankees need their pitching to be better, and a healthy Tanaka will go a long way in helping them get back on track.

The Rays will counter with recently-recalled Yonny Chirinos. A rookie that made the team out of camp but got injured in April, Chirinos is an actual starting pitcher (not just an “opener”) and is stretched out to 70-80 pitches. After the Rays used almost everyone in their bullpen last night, they’ll be looking for Chirinos to provide at least five innings of work tonight.


How to watch

Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

First pitch: 7:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time

TV broadcast: YES, MLB Network (Out-of-Market only)

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

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