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Rays Start Home Schedule Friday By Welcoming Yankees

A shot of Tropicana Field from the press box above home plate
The Rays will welcome back fans to Tropicana Field for the first time since the 2019 postseason (photo: Steve Carney/St. Pete Nine)

After finishing the first road trip of 2019 by getting swept by the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays will look to start the home schedule of the 2021 regular season with a victory over the New York Yankees.  Rich Hill (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will get the start, taking on Corey Kluber (0-0, 2.25 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 3:10.

Rays Starting Lineup

Tsutsugo DH

Meadows LF

Arozarena RF

Lowe 2B

Diaz 1B

Wendle 3B

Adames SS

Phillips CF

Zunino C


Yankees Starting Lineup

LeMahieu 3B

Stanton DH

Hicks CF

Torres SS

Sanchez C

Bruce 1B

Frazier RF

Tauchman LF

Wade 2B

Phillips Returns From IL, Fairbanks Has Rotator Cuff Injury

The Rays made a pair of roster moves Friday before their opener against New York.  Reliever Pete Fairbanks was placed on the 15-day injured list with what the team is calling a rotator cuff strain in his right shoulder.

“I woke up after throwing in Boston and I tried to throw the next day and my shoulder said ‘How about we don’t do that,'” Fairbanks said Friday.  “It’s nothing too serious, should be back in action quickly, I hope.”

The 27-year-old hopes to miss no more than a month.

To take his spot on the roster, the Rays activated outfielder Brett Phillips from the 10-day injured list, and selected the contract of reliever Hunter Strickland.  To make room for Strickland on the major league roster, catcher Joseph Odom was designated for assignment.

Written By

Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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