In Wednesday night baseball on ESPN, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays will square off from Tropicana Field. Last night, New York put together just a seven-hit attack during a 2-1 road loss in 12 innings. Cameron Maybin homered for the Yankees, who trail Houston by a game for the best record in the majors.
New York manager Aaron Boone has yet to name a starting pitcher for this matchup. The Yankees rank 11th in the majors with a 4.28 team ERA and have logged 53 quality starts.
The Tampa Bay Rays have won 47 of their 80 home games and are locked in a three-team race for the two AL Wild Card spots. On Tuesday, Ji-Man Choi walked it off for Tampa Bay with his 18th home run of the season. Kevin Kiermaier added a solo shot for the Rays, who won despite striking out 17 times on the night.
Thirty-five year old righty Charlie Morton (15-6 3.15 ERA) has been a major addition to the Rays’ rotation this season. Tampa Bay has won each of Morton’s last four starts and he has allowed nine runs over his last 23 plus frames.