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Game Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

Jake Faria makes the last start of his rookie season as he takes on the Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

It is September 28th, 2017...just six years removed from the greatest night in baseball history, and the Rays and Yankees are meeting up once again with a rookie taking on the ace pitcher of a staff.

That’s where the similarities end.

Tonight, Jake Faria will be taking the mound for the final time during the 2017 MLB season. The rookie has produced a tremendous rookie campaign, albeit a few stumbles along the way, but his performance early on helped propel the team into a playoff contender.

Facing Faria on the mound will be Sonny Gray, whom the Yankees acquired at the trade deadline in exchange for a trio of prospects. Since joining the Yankees, Gray has seen a surge in homeruns allowed (to be expected with the switch from Oakland to New York), but his other results have been solid.

Gray will come at opposing hitters with a fastball and sinker, sitting in the low to mid 90’s. He’ll back that us with a devastating slider that opponents are hitting just .141 off this season. His curveball, which has usually been his best pitch, has been a concern for him this year with opponents hitting over .300 against him whenever he goes to that pitch.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

Mallex Smith - RF Brett Gardner - LF
Corey Dickerson - DH Aaron Judge - RF
Evan Longoria - 3B Gary Sanchez - C
Lucas Duda - 1B Didi Gregorius - SS
Wilson Ramos - C Starlin Castro - 2B
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Greg Bird - 1B
Daniel Robertson - 2B Chase Headley - DH
Cesar Puello - LF Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Peter Bourjos - CF Todd Frazier - 3B
Jacob Faria - RHP Sonny Gray - RHP