Game 80: Yankees vs Rays at 7:05 p.m.

The Yankees (42-37) begin a three-game series with the Rays (42-39) at Yankee Stadium tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Masahiro Tanaka (4-3, 3.88 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees against Chris Archer (9-5, 2.31 ERA) of the Rays.

Rays Yankees
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH 1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Joey Butler (R) RF 2. Chase Headley (S) 3B
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B 3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. James Loney (L) 1B 4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B 5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. David DeJesus (L) LF 6. Garrett Jones (L) RF
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS 7. Chris Young (R) LF
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF 8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
9. Rene Rivera (R) C 9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B

Tanaka Notes: Tanaka never yielded more than two home runs in any outing until allowing three in five-inning stints in each of his last two starts. However, Tanaka has a history of success against the Rays. He is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts versus Tampa.

Archer Notes: The Rays have never lost in Archer’s seven career starts against the Yankees. He is 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA in those seven starts. Archer is 6-0 with a 0.90 ERA on the road this season, the lowest in the Major Leagues.

Yankees Notes: Brett Gardner is 7 for 18 against Archer and batting .462 over a nine-game hitting streak. But the heart of the Yankees lineup has been struggling. Alex Rodriguez is 4 for his last 23, Mark Teixeira is in a 2-for-24 slide and Brian McCann is in a 3-for-19 slump.

Rays Notes: Tampa is in the midst of a five-game losing streak. But they have fared well on the road recently, winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Rays have scored just 11 runs and struck out 51 times during their losing streak.


Beltran placed on the 15-day DL

The Yankees have placed OF Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain (Yankees, July 3).

OF Ramon Flores and INF Gregorio Petit have been recalled while OF Taylor Dugas has been sent down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Flores, 23, is batting .289 with six home runs and 24 RBI in Triple-A. In 10 games with the Yankees earlier this season Flores hit .250.

Petit, 30, is batting .340 while splitting time between A and Triple-A. In 18 games played with the Yankees this season Petit hit just .184.

Beltran’s DL stint will be retroactive to July 1.

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Yankees, A-Rod resolve bonus money dispute

The Yankees and Alex Rodriguez have resolved their dispute over bonus money owed, according to a joint press release from MLB and the MLBPA.

A-Rod’s contract with the Yankees has a marketing agreement that calls for a $6 million bonus for each agreed upon milestone reached paid within 15-days of designation by the team.

The first milestone was reached in May, when A-Rod hit home run number 660 that tied him with Willie Mays on the all-time list.

The contract reads: “It is the sole discretion of the New York Yankees to determine whether each of these milestones is commercially marketable as the home run chase.”

But the Yankees contended A-Rod’s off-field issues have made him unmarketable. Leading to a dispute that has lasted roughly two months.

Rather than paying A-Rod $6 million, the Yankees will donate a total of $3.5 million to charitable causes. $2.5 million of that will go to the MLB’s Urban Youth Foundation and $1 million will be split between the Boys and Girls Club, Special Warriors Foundation and Pitch-In. This also allows the Yankees to avoid any luxury tax implications by not directly paying A-Rod.

This news continues a trend of the Yankees charitable contributions occurring today. Earlier the Yankees announced they will donate $150,000 to the Pitch In For Baseball charity in exchange for A-Rod’s 3,000th hit baseball (July 3).


The Yankees have retrieved A-Rod’s 3,000th hit ball

The Yankees have obtained the home run ball from Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit in exchange for a charitable donation (Marchand, July 3).

Zack Hample, an avid baseball collector who claims to have caught more than 8,000 baseballs, snagged the milestone ball. Initially he stated that he would not be returning the ball to A-Rod or the Yankees. Since then he has had several discussions with members of the Yankees organization as the two sides tried to come to an agreement in exchange for the ball.

The Yankees have agreed to donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity chosen by Hample that donates baseball equipment to those in need. A press conference will be held at Yankee Stadium today at 5:30 where Hample will formally present the ball to A-Rod.


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In case you missed it Thursday

The Yankees were off Thursday and did not play, but moved into a first-place tie in the AL East after the Orioles, Rays and Blue Jays all lost.

Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched from his rehab start Thursday and will not return to the Yankees on Friday (July 3).

Carlos Beltran was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his rib cage on Thursday (July 2).

C Austin Romine and 1B Kyle Roller will represent the Yankees in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 15 (July 2).

What’s on tap for Friday, July 3

The Yankees begin a three-game set with the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

Masahiro Tanaka (4-3, 3.88) will face Chris Archer at 7:05 p.m.

May 13, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (22) bats in the second inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays  at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Ellsbury won’t return Friday

GM Brian Cashman said Thursday that Jacoby Ellsbury, out with a sprained knee since May 19, will not return from the disabled list on Friday (July 2).

Ellsbury was scratched from his rehab start with High-A Tampa on Thursday.

He served as Tampa’s DH Monday and did not play Tuesday with fatigue. He played center field on Wednesday.

“He’s going through a spring training-like progression,” Cashman said. “With all the sprints and work, he is going through, he is slowly getting his legs back.”

Ellsbury had been hitting .324 with one home run and six RBIs in 37 games with New York this season.

Apr 2, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (55) singles during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Romine, Roller to represent Yankees in Triple-A All-Star Game

Catcher Austin Romine and first baseman Kyle Roller have been chosen to represent the Yankees in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha, Nebraska on July 15.

The 26-year-old Romine is hitting. 286 with a .341 on-base percentage and 15 doubles with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This will be the first Triple-A All-Star Game appearance for Romine, who was twice selected for the Futures Game.

Roller, 27, has amassed 12 home runs and 43 RBIs thus far in 2015. This will also be his first All-Star Game selection.