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Series Preview: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7/23-7/25)

Following their rain-shortened two-game series split against the Mets at home this past weekend, the Yankees head down South for three days to face the Rays in Tampa Bay.  Tropicana Field has, in a way, been a house of horrors for New York, having gone just 4-9 at The Trop since the beginning of 2017 including an ugly three-game sweep just a month ago. The Yankees will begin play today at 63-34, five full games behind the first place Red Sox.  Tampa Bay comes in at 50-49, 19 games out of first and 9.5 games back of Seattle for the second Wild Card position. With trade rumors swirling for both squads and the teams headed in opposite directions, this series provides a key opportunity for the Yankees to get back on track and put pressure on Boston to once again close up the AL East race.

Offseason Timeline

Oct. 5, 2016
  • RHP Kirby Yates claimed off waivers by Los Angeles Angels
  • RHP Blake Parker claimed off waivers by Los Angeles Angels
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak outrighted to minor leagues
Oct. 6, 2016
  • OF Eric Young Jr. outrighted to minor leagues
Oct. 10, 2016
  • IF Donovan Solano outrighted to minor leagues
Nov. 3, 2016
  • Conor Mullee claimed off waivers by Chicago Cubs
Nov. 4, 2016
  • Yankees purchase contract of RHP Domingo German (added to 40-man roster)
  • Yankees purchase contract of C Kyle Higashioka (added to 40-man roster)
Nov. 8, 2016
  • LHP Joe Mantiply claimed off waivers from Detroit Tigers
  • RHP Brandon Pinder designated for assignment
Nov. 17, 2016
  • Yankees trade C Brian McCann and cash considerations ($11 million in total over two years) to Astros for RHPs Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman
Nov. 18, 2016
  • Yankees trade LHP James Pazos to Mariners for RHP Zack Littell
  • Yankees select contract of RHP Dietrich Enns (added to 40-man roster)
  • Yankees select contract of RHP Giovanny Gallegos (added to 40-man roster)
  • Yankees select contract of 3B Miguel Andujar (added to 40-man roster)
  • Yankees select contract of RHP Ronald Herrera (added to 40-man roster)
  • Yankees select contract of SS Jorge Mateo (added to 40-man roster)
  • Yankees elect contract of RHP Yefrey Ramirez (added to 40-man roster)
  • Yankees release OF/2B/1B Dustin Ackley
  • Yankees designate RHP Nathan Eovaldi for assignment
  • Yankees designate LHP Joe Mantiply for assignment
  • Yankees designate Nick Rumbelow for assignment
  • Yankees outright Branden Pinder to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Nov. 23, 2016
  • Yankees release RHP Nathan Eovaldi
  • Yankees release RHP Nick Rumbelow
  • Yankees release LHP Joe Mantiply
Dec. 2, 2016
  • Yankees non-tender Jacob Lindgen, who elects free agency (signed with Braves on Major League deal)
Dec. 7, 2016
  • Yankees officially sign DH Matt Holliday to one-year, $13 million deal
Dec. 8, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates select RHP Tyler Webb in Rule-5 Draft
  • Milwaukee Brewers select LHP Caleb Smith in Rule-5 Draft
  • Arizona Diamondbacks select RHP Tyler Jones in Rule-5 Draft
  • Cincinnati Reds select C Luis Torrens in Rule-5 Draft