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MLB Preview: Tampa Bay Rays (29-9) at New York Yankees (21-17)

TAMPA BAY RAYS NOTES:

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NEW YORK YANKEES NOTES:

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees continue their seven-game homestand tonight with the first game of a four-game set vs. Tampa Bay (through Sun.)…are 3-0 on the homestand after recording their first sweep of the season vs. Oakland.

Have won three straight games and six of their last eight games.

Have won or split eight of their 12 series this season (going 7-4-1).

Are seven days into a 17-day stretch (5/5-21) without an off day (4-2 so far)…are also in a 34-day stretch with just one off day (4/18-5/21).

Are in a stretch of playing 7-of-10 games vs. the Rays (5/5-14)…are 1-2 so far.

Are also in a stretch of playing 11-of-14 games (5/5-18) and 14-of-20 games (5/5-25) against the AL East.

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: The Yankees defeated the A’s, 11-3, on Wednesday as they recorded their first sweep of the season… RHP Jhony Brito (4.1IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, 2HR, 1HP) started and did not record a decision…Yankees batters scored double digit runs in their second straight game and for the fourth time this season…2B Gleyber Torres (1-for-3, 1R, 1 double, 1RBI, 1BB and 1SF) drove in the Yankees’ first run with a sac fly in the first inning…CF Harrison Bader (1-for-3, 1R, 1HR, 3RBI) hit a threerun HR in the first inning…3B/1B DJ LeMahieu (1-for-4, 2R, 1HR, 2RBI, 1BB) hit a two-run HR in the fifth inning, extending his hitting streak to a season-high eight games…SS Anthony Volpe (1-for-5, 1R, 1HR, 4RBI) hit his first career grand slam in the fifth inning…1B Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4, 2R, 1RBI) recorded an RBI single in the fifth inning and recorded his third straight multi-hit game…DH Aaron Judge (3-for-4, 2R, 1 double, 1BB) reached base a season-high-tying four times and collected a season-high-tying three hits…RHP Jimmy Cordero (1.2IP, 1H, 0R, 1K, 1HP) recorded the win after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings…RHP Deivi García (3.0IP, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, 1HR) made his season debut and recorded his first career save.

BRONX BOMBERS: Yankees batters have scored double-digit runs in back-to-back games for the first time this season and for the first time since doing so in two straight games from 9/10-11/22.

Have scored at least 7R in four straight games for the first time since 8/4-8/19 (5G).

Have scored 35R over their last four games after scoring 19R over their previous seven games.

Have hit 17HR in their last nine games (since 5/1) after hitting just 4HR in their previous seven games (4/24-30) and 8HR in their previous 13 games (4/18-30).

Have hit multiple home runs in a season-high-tying four straight games (also 3/30-4/3)…their last longer streak was a five-game streak from 7/29-8/2/22.

Have hit 37HR in 22 games at home this year, the second-most HR by a team at home this season.

Over their last four games, 22 of their 40H have gone for extra bases (8 doubles, 3 triples, 11HR).

MAGIC EIGHT BALL: Yankees batters have recorded at least eight hits in each of their last eight games, tied for their third-longest streak in the last eight seasons (since 2017)…trails only two 10-game streaks from 4/23-5/3/22 and 5/17-26/19.

Over their eight-game streak of at least 8H, 32 of their 73 hits have gone for extra bases (13 doubles, 3 triples, 16HR).

NOBODY BEATS THE RIZZ: INF Anthony Rizzo owns a season-high eight-game hitting streak (since 5/2)…is batting .394/.459/.485 (13-for-33) with 8R, 1HR, 4RBI and 4BB over that span…marks his longest hit streak since a nine-game streak from 4/20-29/22.

Has multiple hits in a season-high three straight games, his longest streak since a three-game streak from 5/15-17/21… his last longer streak was a four-game streak from 7/13-16/19.

Has multiple hits in five of his last eight games…has reached base multiple times in six of his last eight games.

Is batting .313/.388/.478 (36-for-115) with 19R, 4 doubles, 5HR, 13RBI, 10BB and 4HP in his last 30 games (since 4/9).

Has reached base in 13 of his last 14 games and 32 of his 37 games this season.

Has reached base via H/BB/HP in 11-of-19 plate appearances over his last four games (7H, 4BB).

Has reached base in 20-of-21 games at home this season, hitting .368/.449/.605 (28-for-76) with 14R, 3 doubles, 5HR, 12RBI, 9BB, 3HP and 1SF in those games.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: INF Anthony Volpe hit his first career grand slam in the fifth inning on Wednesday…at 22 years, 12 days, he is the fifth-youngest Yankee in franchise history to hit a grand slam (credit: Elias)…trails only Mickey Mantle (20 years, 280 days on 7/26/52 at Detroit; 20 years, 283 days on 7/29/52 at Chicago-AL; 21 years, 259 days on 7/6/53 at Philadelphia-AL) and Melky Cabrera (21 years, 328 days on 7/5/06 at Cleveland).

Was just the fifth Yankee in the last 25 years (since 1999) to hit a grand slam within his first four career home runs…joined Oswaldo Cabrera (third career home run on 9/21/22 vs. Pittsburgh), Francisco Cervelli (second career home run on 5/8/11 at Texas), Melky Cabrera (third
career home run on 7/5/06 at Cleveland) and Hideki Matsui (first career home run on 4/8/03 vs. Minnesota).

His 4RBI marked a career high…at 22 years, 12 days, is the sixth-youngest Yankee in the last 70 years (since 1954) to record at least 4RBI in a game…trails only Joe Pepitone (4RBI at 21years, 226 days on 5/23/62 vs. Kansas City), Gleyber Torres (4RBI at 21 years, 231 days on 8/1/18 vs. Baltimore), Melky Cabrera (5RBI at 21 years, 328 days on 7/5/06 at Cleveland and 4RBI at 21 years, 286 days on 5/24/06 at Boston) and Jesús Montero (4RBI at 21 years, 300 days on 9/24/11 vs. Boston).

GLEYBER DAY: INF Gleyber Torres owns a six-game hitting streak, batting .346/.379/.731 (9-for-26) with 6R, 4 doubles, 2HR, 7RBI, 2BB and 1SF over that span (since 5/5).

Seven of his last 10 hits and 10 of his last 15 hits have gone for extra bases (6 doubles, 4HR).

Has reached base safely in 16 of his last 19 games…has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games.

Has 6RBI in his last four games and 7RBI in his last six games.

WHAT A RELIEF: Yankees relievers have posted a 2.68 ERA (141.0IP, 42ER), the lowest ERA by a bullpen in the Majors this season…also rank second in the Majors in opponents’ BA (.205).

ALL RISE: OF Aaron Judge reached base a season-high tying four times and collected a season-high-tying three hits on Wednesday…since returning from the injured list, has reached base in 5-of-10 plate appearances (3H, 2BB, 1SF).

DARTH BADER: OF Harrison Bader hit a three-run HR in the first inning on Wednesday…including the postseason, has 8HR in his last 17 games (since 2022 ALDS Game 1 on 10/11/22)…his 3RBI on Wednesday matched his season high (also 3RBI on 5/5 at Tampa Bay) and are tied for the second-most in a game in his career, trailing only his 4RBI on 7/2/21 at Colorado with St. Louis.

Has batted .429/.448/.893 (12-for-28) with 7R, 2 triples, 3HR, 11RBI and 1BB in his first eight games this season.

Has 11RBI in his last six games, marking his most RBI in a six-game span in his career.

As a Yankee (since 9/20/22), has hit .500/.478/.864 (11-for22) with 2 doubles, 2HR, 18RBI and 1SF with RISP.

Has 3HR in his last six games (since 5/5)…hit 5HR in 86 games in 2022.

LEMACHINE: INF DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run HR in the fifth inning on Wednesday…has homered in back-to-back games for the 10th time in his career and for the first time since 7/30-31/22…has homered in three straight games once in his career: 3G from 9/15-17/20.

Owns a season-high eight-game hitting streak (since 5/1), batting .355/.412/.581 (11-for-31) with 6R, 2HR, 7RBI and 3BB over that span…marks his longest hitting streak since an eight-game streak from 7/15-24/22…his last longer streak was a 12-game streak from 4/12-26/22.

Has driven in multiple runs in back-to-back games for the first time since 7/30-31/22…has driven in multiple runs in three straight games just once in his career (3G from 6/26-30/19).

Has reached base safely in each of his last nine games.

Has reached base multiple times in four of his last eight games.

Is hitting .303/.370/.576 (20-for-66) with 12R, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 4HR, 13RBI, 5BB and 2HP in 18 home games this season…has hit safely in each of his last seven games at Yankee Stadium.

Has hit .357/.424/.464 (10-for-28) with 3 doubles, 11RBI, 4BB and 1SF with RISP this season.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Yankees have won or split six of their seven series at home this season (going 5-1-1)…are 10-4 in their last 14 home games (since 4/15).

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