Every so often in a 162-game schedule, a series takes on outsize importance, even if the players involved are reluctant to admit it. One game at a time, they’ll say, bypassing the buildup of two powerhouses meeting head on.
On cue, the Yankees have insisted that there is nothing special about their series this weekend at the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays, despite all the signs that point to something much larger.
The Rays, after all, have replaced the Boston Red Sox as the Yankees’ No. 1 threat in the division: Despite their million payroll, the Rays entered Thursday with the American League’s best run differential and, on the strength of their major league-best 2.87 E.R.A., had allowed the fewest runs. Tampa Bay is tied with Baltimore for the league’s youngest pitching staff, but unlike the Orioles, the Rays are hardly rebuilding.
To the contrary, after a 90-win season in 2018, Tampa Bay has proved it belongs in the same conversation with the Yankees and Red Sox. As Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said on Thursday, “You could tell they believed in themselves and how much confidence they had. So, I’m not surprised at how well they’re playing now.”
The question is: Can the injury-depleted Yankees match up with their Plan B lineup? They’ve passed every recent test, having won 14 of their last 19 games, including Thursday night’s 3-1 victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners.
The little-known Gio Urshela came through again, delivering a two-run single in the eighth inning to assure the win over the Mariners. They chose to pitch to him with the bases loaded after intentionally walking Gleyber Torres — a move that Urshela said “gave me extra confidence” to lash a line drive through the right side of the infield.
The recent stretch of wins might not be stunning, considering the Yankees’ colossal 1.5 million payroll. But they currently have 12 players on the injured list, including the front-liners Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius. Nevertheless, the Yankees have lost only one series since April 15 — going 0 for 2 against the Arizona Diamondbacks — and have otherwise stood up to the Central Division-leading Minnesota Twins and the Mariners, the league’s premier run-scorers.
They’ve done so with relative strangers, like Urshela and Mike Tauchman, and recycled journeymen, like Cameron Maybin. Established starters Luis Severino and James Paxton have been lost to the I.L. and replaced by Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga. If Major League Baseball had a taxi squad this would be it, although Brett Gardner shook his head and said, “I wouldn’t call them that.”
“We haven’t had our optimal lineup, but whoever we’ve rolled out there has done the job,” Gardner said. “That says something about this organization.”
Judge came to the same realization about the Yankees’ depth as far back as spring training.
“On those road games, when we’d send two, three regulars and the rest would be Class-AAA guys, they’d end up scoring eight, nine runs against the other teams’ major league lineups,” he said. “That told me we had something special going on. Our minor leaguers would be starters on most other clubs. It’s been exciting to watch.”
The Yankees’ roster is about to be replenished, as well. Clint Frazier, who returned from the I.L. this week, will be followed by Hicks, who will rejoin the team on Monday after three more rehab games at Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this weekend. Hicks, a switch-hitting center fielder, has battled lower back stiffness since March but is finally “feeling great” from both sides of the plate after a recent cortisone injection, he said.
Hicks will likely take over for Tauchman, and Stanton could soon join him in the outfield, as well. Stanton, recovering from a stubborn biceps and shoulder injury, has been hitting without pain in the underground cage at Yankee Stadium and may soon graduate to live batting practice. There is no timetable, however, for Judge, whose oblique strain has kept him from swinging a bat. He is focusing on cardio and core exercises for now.
Paxton was cautiously pleased about the condition of his left knee, which was stiff and inflamed in his last start against Minnesota on May 3. He said he thought the problem stemmed from the Yankee Stadium mound’s hard, sticky clay. He will be working on a softer surface, courtesy of the Yankees’ grounds crew, once he returns to the rotation.
Paxton said his knee was “much, much better” after nearly a week’s rest and may be ready to test it next week. With so many players out of action and in varying stages of recovery, it hasn’t been easy to gauge the Yankees’ ceiling — at least not yet. This weekend’s series in Tampa will be the first of many tests. According to the talk in the clubhouse, however, the audition is already over.
“We’ve shown that we can beat any team,” said Manager Aaron Boone, repeating the battle cry of his engine that could, even if it’s not so little.B:
“【诬】【陷】【忠】【良】？”【秦】【媛】【闻】【言】【嗤】【笑】【了】【一】【声】，“【好】【一】【个】【诬】【陷】【忠】【良】，【是】【不】【是】【诬】【陷】，【恐】【怕】【大】【人】【心】【中】【清】【楚】【的】【很】。” 【秦】【媛】【来】【说】【着】，【缓】【缓】【站】【起】【身】【来】：“【看】【来】【大】【人】【是】【不】【愿】【意】【说】【实】【话】【了】，【那】【秦】【某】【便】【只】【好】【将】【那】【东】【西】【呈】【报】【上】【去】【了】。【想】【来】，【京】【中】【有】【人】【会】【很】【高】【兴】【看】【到】【这】【些】【账】【册】【的】。” 【温】【琮】【原】【本】【平】【静】【无】【波】【的】【表】【情】，【却】【在】【秦】【媛】【提】【到】【账】【册】【两】【个】【字】【的】【时】【候】
【这】【人】【说】【得】【声】【情】【并】【茂】，【又】【一】【直】【苦】【苦】【哀】【求】，【若】【是】【不】【知】【情】【的】【人】【看】【了】，【指】【不】【定】【就】【会】【骂】【舒】【云】【的】【不】【是】【了】。【毕】【竟】【就】【现】【场】【情】【况】【来】【看】，【舒】【云】【是】【一】【个】【后】【辈】，【却】【让】【两】【个】【长】【辈】【对】【着】【她】【衰】【求】【不】【停】。 【两】【人】【嚷】【了】【一】【会】【儿】【后】，【见】【舒】【云】【直】【直】【的】【站】【在】【那】【里】，【连】【表】【情】【都】【没】【有】【变】【一】【下】，【两】【人】【心】【里】【有】【些】【没】【底】。 【她】【继】【父】【偷】【眼】【看】【了】【看】【她】，【见】【她】【依】【旧】【垂】【着】【眉】【眼】【面】【无】【表】【情】
【苏】【月】【牙】：“【思】【眠】，【不】【瞒】【你】【说】，【其】【实】【原】【本】【我】【计】【划】【年】【尾】【回】【国】，【可】【是】【这】【次】【却】【提】【前】【了】【这】【么】【久】，【你】【知】【道】【为】【什】【么】【吗】？” “【你】【说】【过】，【为】【了】【男】【神】，【对】【不】【对】？”【她】【们】【四】【人】【曾】【在】【网】【上】【聊】【过】【这】【件】【事】。【月】【牙】【有】【一】【个】【默】【默】【喜】【欢】【了】【很】【多】【年】【的】【人】，【因】【某】【种】【原】【因】【和】【对】【方】【失】【联】【了】，【这】【些】【年】【她】【没】【有】【对】【方】【的】【联】【系】【方】【式】，【也】【不】【知】【道】【对】【方】【的】【地】【址】，【如】【今】【终】【于】【知】【道】【那】【个】马会2016免费资料“【看】【来】，【不】【留】【下】【点】【儿】【东】【西】，【还】【真】【是】【走】【不】【了】！” 【嘴】【角】【微】【微】【不】【太】【自】【然】【抽】【搐】【中】，【神】【色】【倒】【也】【安】【定】【了】【下】【来】。 【这】【家】【伙】【功】【夫】【的】【进】【步】，【确】【实】【邪】【性】！ 【细】【想】【想】，【似】【是】【还】【有】【种】【说】【不】【出】【的】【毛】【骨】【悚】【然】【之】【感】。 【但】【他】，【也】【终】【究】【不】【是】【吃】【素】【的】。 【想】【要】【留】【下】【他】，【绝】【非】【轻】【而】【易】【举】【能】【做】【到】【的】【事】【儿】。 【如】【果】【这】【家】【伙】【真】【的】【到】【了】【这】【种】【地】【步】，【那】【这】【片】【禁】
【同】【时】【在】【黎】【扬】【接】【触】【这】【样】【的】【一】【个】【情】【况】【的】【时】【候】，【他】【也】【只】【会】【让】【他】【发】【下】【一】【个】【重】【要】【的】【誓】【言】【的】【就】【是】【简】【直】【是】【会】【保】【佑】【他】【们】。 【这】【一】【辈】【子】【应】【该】【是】【会】【按】【照】【一】【个】【这】【样】【的】【情】【况】【去】【经】【营】【生】【活】【的】。 【同】【时】，【这】【也】【是】【他】【们】【心】【里】【面】【感】【觉】【到】【非】【常】【重】【要】【的】【一】【个】【原】【因】。 【因】【为】【他】【们】【真】【的】【是】【会】【非】【常】【相】【信】【这】【些】【东】【西】【的】，【其】【实】【有】【很】【多】【人】【不】【会】【去】【相】【信】【这】【个】【东】【西】，【因】【为】【他】【们】
【让】【权】【氏】【丧】【尽】【了】【面】【子】。 【其】【实】【在】【苏】【依】【洛】【故】【意】【接】【触】【他】【开】【始】，【他】【就】【已】【经】【看】【出】【来】【了】，【只】【是】【他】【心】【甘】【情】【愿】【被】【骗】，【他】【宁】【愿】【她】【不】【爱】【自】【己】，【也】【想】【把】【她】【锁】【在】【自】【己】【的】【身】【边】，【所】【以】【与】【苏】【依】【洛】【的】【父】【亲】【谈】【好】【条】【件】，【逼】【着】【她】【和】【自】【己】【订】【婚】，【但】【是】【怎】【么】【都】【没】【有】【想】【到】，【半】【路】【冒】【出】【来】【一】【个】【林】【景】【深】。 【林】【氏】【在】【凌】【晨】【的】【位】【置】【仅】【次】【于】【权】【氏】，【只】【是】【听】【说】【最】【近】【林】【老】【先】【生】【的】【身】
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