For starters: Rays vs. Yankees with a chance to prove something
UPDATE, 5:22: Cash said SS Matt Duffy (heel) felt good enough to take ground balls and batting practice and likely will do so again Saturday with the idea that he resumes his rehab assignment soon. He has not played since experiencing soreness last Saturday. ... Cash confirmed Robertson will take over at 2B and said they hope regular playing time helps his timing at the plate. ... C Wilson Ramos (knee surgery) took BP on the field and Cash said it was impressive noting how far he hit balls. ... Miller said he doesn't have a date to resume baseball activities but expects to be ready when eligible to come off the DL next Friday in Minnesota. .... Yankees manager Joe Girardi will miss tonight's game to attend his daughter's high school graduation; Rob Thomson will manage.
DEVELOPING: After feeling good about themselves in winning consecutive series on the road against the Red Sox and Indians, the Rays have a chance to prove their self-confidence in a three-game series that starts tonight against the first-place Yankees.
The Rays will have RHP Erasmo Ramirez on the mound, as he steps into the rotation in place of demoted LHP Blake Snell.
And the Rays will have a new face at 2B, as rookie Daniel Robertson moves into the lineup in place if injured Brad Miller, who went on the 10-day DL on Thursday with a lower abdominal strain.
The Yankees are starting RHP Luis Severino, who strikes out a lot of hitters, and the Rays do lead the majors in whiffs.
Here is the Rays lineup:
And here is the Yankees lineup: