Yankees improvised lineups sputter again

The disparate Yankees roster had some success against the Twins this week, but their first crack at the Rays was much tougher in luge.

Fielding another roster that’s been stripped of nearly every key component due to injuries, the Yankees struggled to produce much offense in a 4-2 loss to the Rays on Friday night in the Bronx.

Right-hander Drew Rasmussen shut out the Yankees in six solid innings, scattering six singles and no walks while striking out 10. The Yankees reached second base three times in the first six innings, but could go no further than after Rasmussen exits the Game.

“We threw a lot of hits, we had chances,” manager Aaron Boone said of Rasmussen. “Obviously he didn’t do much damage against him. I thought he threw the ball very well. His cutter was terrific tonight for both right-handers and left-handers. His business was good. I thought we were competitive against him, making him work, but we just couldn’t do enough against them. But I think he threw the ball very well.

Boone again shuffled his roster to have Aaron Judge in the lead, followed by Gleyber Torres, Aaron Hicks and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The Rays still weren’t shy about throwing to Judge, who went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Gleyber Torres flies out to right field with a runner on base for the endgame in the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Rays.
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The Yankees had their best chances against Rasmussen in the third and sixth innings, putting both runners first and second with one out. But in the third, Torres and Hicks struck, each drawing boos from the crowd. And in the sixth, Rasmussen knocked out Miguel Andujar and had slugger Giancarlo Stanton run over to end the frame.

The Yankees went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.

Judge drove the Yankees’ first run in the seventh inning on a single against reliever Jalen Beeks, but Torres pulled out after him to end the momentum.

Kyle Higashioka – starting behind the plate after Jose Trevino was placed on the paternity list earlier in the day – was the other bright spot, posting a three-hit night that included a solo home run in the ninth inning .

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