ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Yankees will get a lot of their missing firepower back Tuesday night with Aaron Judge back for the start of another pivotal series.
After being on the COVID injured list for nine games, Judge was activated for the opener of the Yankees’ three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., at Tropicana Field.
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The Yankees were 5-4 without Judge and are coming off a bad weekend in Boston in which they blew two games late while dropping three of four to the first-place Red Sox
The pitching matchup is Tuesday’s game involves two left-handers, Jordan Montgomery (3-5, 3.96) for the Yankees and rookie Shane McClanahan (4-3, 3.88) for the Rays.
Montgomery has pitched to a 3.75 ERA over his last 13 starts, but has a 2-4 record during this strength due to poor run support. A 2018 first-round draft pick who debuted in the 2020 postseason, McClanahan has allowed three-or-fewer runs in 12 of his 14 starts and has pitched to a 3.08 ERA over his last five outings.
The pitching matchup is …
Here is the Yankees’ lineup:
1. DJ LeMahieu 1B
2. Aaron Judge RF
3. Gary Sanchez C
4. Giancarlo Stanton DH
5. Gleyber Torres SS
6. Rougned Odor 2B
7. Gio Urshela 3B
8. Ryan LaMarre LF
9. Greg Allen CF
Jordan Montgomery, LHP
Here is the Rays’ lineup:
1. Manuel Margot, RF
2. Wander Franco, SS
3. Nelson Cruz, DH
4. Yandy Diaz, 3B
5. Ji-Man Choi, 1B
6. Randy Arozarena, LF
7. Brandon Lowe, 2B
8. Mike Zunino, C
9. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Shane McClanahan, LHP
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