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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Gerrit Cole vs. Andrew Kittredge

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At least we still have Cole.

New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

It’s been a rough week, Yankee fans. It feels like everything is going wrong with the club — they can’t score, the pitching has disappointed, and the less said about the defense, the better. Still, there is always one bright, shining light for the team, and it’s Gerrit Cole.

Games like these are why you have an ace. It’s not just for the start of a playoff series or to stand in the spotlight on Opening Day, but for tough stretches like these where you need a stopper. There are precious few people in baseball that can completely take over a game the way that Cole can, and it would be awful nice to watch him dominate a Rays lineup that has proven a challenge for the rest of the pitching staff.

Gary Sánchez is still day-to-day with a hand contusion, but would have likely given way to Kyle Higashioka today anyway. The game is broadcast on PIX11, but if you’re in the tri-state area, it’s also the first game of 21 this year that will be simulcast on Amazon Prime Video. Same booth, same call, just a new way of consuming the sport.

How to watch

Location: Yankee Stadium

First pitch: 1:05 p.m. ET

TV broadcast: WPIX, Bally Sports Sun, MLB Network (out-of-market)

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Online stream: MLB.tv, ESPN+, Amazon Prime (Regional market only)

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