After detouring to finish a Value Add Basketball tournament during NBA Finals, and then to get in a Statis-Pro NL tournament we resumed to our AL season.
We pulled out the Statis-Pro Cards for Series 7 - the New York Yankees vs. the Tampa Bay Rays - and compared them to the 40-man rosters in this blog.
A few players dropped from each team due to not being on the roster listing or now being on the 60-day DL. The Yankees had no new players on the roster that needed to be added, but the Rays did have four additions. As noted in the blog, we only go to the trouble of finding or creating a player card if the player is starting, in the rotation, or a closer. Here are the four such Rays we did not see and thus went to the sheets for the card.
We were missing three Rays pitchers cards, so we went to the all pitchers sheet and found these three.
One of the player cards not used because he was no longer on the Rays 40-man roster, and he was 2nd base and hit 3rd or 5th in the line-up, so with him gone we did insert Brujan's filled in card in the line-up but in the No. 9 spot.
With those updates, the two teams squared off to resume our season.
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees
The Yankees rallied to win the series 4 games to 2 against the Rays after losing the biggest hard luck season of the year for Cole.
Cole went 8 innings allowing 2 baserunners (a bit and a walk) but stayed in for the 9th as a PB 2-7 and gave up a leadoff double that ended up being the only run in a 1-0 loss - which counts as losing a series 2 games to 1 in our league.
In the 2nd game the Yankees left no doubt with a 13-4 win for a 3 games to 0 sweep to win the series 4-2.
Torres had hits his last 3 trips to the plate and Rizzo his last 4 trips.