As their divisional race with the Blue Jays heats up, the Yankees head back to the Bronx on Friday night to begin a three-game series against the Rays, continuing a stretch of 16 consecutive meetings with American League East teams. The opener pits Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi (6-7, 3.18 ERA) opposite Luis Severino, who is New York's top prospect.
The Yankees have caused problems for Odorizzi in the past, as he carries a 4.84 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in seven career outings (six starts) vs. the club. But no player has done more damage than catcher Brian McCann, who is 10-for-16 with three doubles, a triple and two homers when facing Odorizzi.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.