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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Jameson Taillon vs. Rich Hill

The Yankees go for a sweep at the Trop.

Washington Nationals v New York Yankees Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

I think I speak for everybody when I say that last night’s game — and, in truth, this entire trip to Tropicana Field — has been lots of fun. After Jordan Montgomery led the Yankees to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night with six innings of one-run ball, Gerrit Cole shut down Tampa last night en route to a 1-0 win. Today, the Yankees hope to bring out the brooms against their hated divisional foes.

Jameson Taillon (1-2, 5.02 ERA, 4.63 FIP) gets the nod for the Yankees tonight, making his seventh start in pinstripes. Coming off his second Tommy John surgery, Taillon had a rocky start to the season, but has appeared to turn it around in his last two starts: in 11.1 innings, he has given up only four runs on six hits, striking out 13 in the process; additionally, he worked into the seventh inning in his last start. Although walks (four) and home runs (three) nonetheless plagued him in both outings, the positives have certainly outweighed the negatives. Hopefully, he can continue to build upon these trends with a strong outing against a lackluster Tampa Bay offense.

Facing him will be Rays starter Rich Hill (1-1, 5.17 ERA, 4.37 FIP). The 17-year veteran stumbled a little out of the gate, but since getting knocked out without recording an out in the third against the Kansas City Royals on April 20th, Hill has been lights-out, surrendering only 2 runs on 5 hits in 15 innings, striking out 18; last Friday, he shut out the Oakland Athletics for six innings en route to a 2-1 win. Hill has already faced the Yankees once in this young season, giving up four runs on four hits but striking out seven and walking none back on April 9th.

In distressing news, Gleyber Torres has tested positive for COVID-19, and has been placed on the COVID injured list. Gio Urshela will be replacing him at shortstop for the night, with the recently-recalled Miguel Andújar manning the hot corner. The Yankees will be fine without Torres on the diamond for the next few days, although they will certainly miss him; we wish him — as well as the Yankees’ coaches and support staff members who have tested positive — a speedy recovery.

Aaron Hicks and Luke Voit are also out of the lineup. Voit was a planned day off since he only just got back from the IL and the Yankees would like to avoid immediately playing his recovered knee on the Trop turf for three straight games. Hicks on the other hand is out wrist soreness and will undergo an MRI.

How to watch

Location: Tropicana Field — St. Petersburg, FL

First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET

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

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Online stream: MLB.tv

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