..you can can call us Bays, you can call us Bay-Rays. Just don’t call us D-Rays. Let’s say your team has never posted a winning seasonal record in the history of the franchise. Let’s say your payroll is consistently one of the lowest in the game. Let’s say your attendance hovers around 16k per game. What do you do?
A) Spend money to field better players
B) Change your name, mumbling something goofy (wait, that’s Orlando) about sunshine, rainbows, puppies, and Kevin Costner. Oh, and sunshine
Tampa picked B, forgetting they play in a dome.
Actually, that probably sounds rather attractive to both teams right now, since it is a dreary 47 degrees in the Bronx heading towards game time. The Rays come to town having split with the O’s at Camden, their third game postponed, as the Yankees were fortunate to get just enough runs at the right times to take two of three against the Jays, despite being outscored in the series.
Andy Sonnanstine faced the Yankees twice last year, losing his first at the Trop but then throwing one stunner of a start on August 31st in New York where the then-rookie hurled a two-hitter and issued no walks. The Yankees could muster only one unearned run while Tampa Bay plated nine Fish.
The following night Ian Kennedy did his part, throwing seven innings of five-hit ball in his major-league debut as the Yankees scored nine of their own.
These two rising stars of their respective organizations face off tonight at the Stadium. Game time is in one hour, comment away.
Melky Cabrera begins serving his two-game suspension tonight for his part in the altercation with the Rays in spring training, while Shelley Duncan will sit Sunday and Monday; both players originally received three games but reduced it to two games on appeal. Jonny Gomes also appealed and had his suspension reduced to one game, which he will serve tonight. Smells.
|A. Iwamura 2b||.111|
|C. Crawford lf||.333|
|C. Pena 1b||.250|
|B.J. Upton cf||.286|
|C. Floyd dh||.286|
|D. Navarro c||.375|
|E. Hinske 3b||.333|
|N. Haynes rf||.250|
|J. Bartlett ss||.143|
|J. Damon cf||.182|
|D. Jeter ss||.300|
|B. Abreu rf||.500|
|A. Rodriguez 3b||.273|
|J. Giambi 1b||.000|
|R. Cano 2b||.091|
|J. Posada dh||.000|
|H. Matsui lf||.222|
|J. Molina c||.333|