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

A pleasant Memorial Day to all. Let’s watch some Yankees baseball.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

On this cloudy Memorial Day in New York, I hope you’ve had an opportunity to remember and honor the sacrifices made by our veterans to allow us to enjoy the freedoms we cherish. It might not be barbecuing weather, but there is still baseball to be played.

Jameson Taillon toes the slab for the Yankees for his 10th start of the year. He is coming off his best outing — five shutout innings, allowing only two hits and two walks against the White Sox. He will need to be at his sharpest to avoid a repeat of the last time he faced the Rays, when he allowed four runs in 4.2 innings of an eventual 9-1 loss.

He will face off against the Rays’ ageless wonder Rich Hill. The 41-year-old lefty has against all odds been Tampa Bay’s second-best starter behind Tyler Glasnow. He has allowed only three earned runs in his last 29.2 innings of work, and is coming off an eight inning, thirteen strikeout gem over the Royals. Last time he faced the Yankees, he limited them to three hits in 6.2 shutout innings while striking out nine, so the home team will need a different approach if they want to flip the script.

The Yankees offense has really struggled to score during the 1-5 slump, averaging only two runs per game. They roll out their big hitters at the top of the lineup, but this is essentially the same group that was neutralized by Rich Hill last time they met. The maddening trend of benching productive players continues, as Gary Sánchez and Clint Frazier are subbed out despite accounting for two out of the three multi-hit games for the Yankees against the Tigers yesterday.

As for the Rays, they’ve been setting the league on fire with a 15-1 record since May 13th. Ji-Man Choi has been on a tear since returning from the IL, and one of the biggest surprises of the season is Mike Zunino. He’s held a sub-Mendoza line career until this season, but now leads the majors in barrel rate while sitting 98th percentile or better in max exit velocity and expected slugging.

How to watch

Location: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York, NY

First pitch: 1:05 p.m. ET

TV broadcast: YES Network, Bally Sports Sun

Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Online stream: MLB.tv

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