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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Battle for first

Another series in New York that will determine the top of the AL East for the time being

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

After earning a split with a rare one-run getaway day victory on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays head off to The Big Apple for yet another series with the Yankees that will determine first place in the AL East. It’s only mid-June, and it feels like we’ve already had a half dozen of these series.

On Monday, the Rays will send out Yonny Chirinos, Starting Pitcher (7-2, 2.88/4.08/4.08 ERA/FIP/xFIP, 1.0 fWAR) to face off with Masahiro Tanaka (4-5, 3.58/4.04/4.00, 1.8).

Tuesday will likely see the Rays pair an Opener and a Headliner (I know we’ve been using the word headliner, but I saw Eno Sarris use the term “yeoman” for that role recently and I loved it...) while the Yankees will counter with J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66/5.37/4.93, 0.6)

In the series finale, Blake Snell (4-5, 3.70/3.05/2.96, 2.1) will square off with noted random-Rays-hater CC Sabathia (3-4, 4.42, 6.01, 5.03, 0.1) in an afternoon affair.

Two more lefties... If only the Rays had a big, slugging righty with a parrot on his shoulders to help handle to load against lefties... Instead of having to go against him... Oh well. Two out of three would give the Rays first again.

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