Luis Cessa had to pitch multiple innings in the Yankees’ 15-7 loss Thursday night, meaning he won’t be able to start on Saturday as originally planned. Anthony J. Causi

The Yankees traded for Sonny Gray a year ago and J.A. Happ last week, both times in hopes of improving their rotation. On Thursday, before their most important series of the season, Gray found himself bumped to the bullpen and Happ landed on the disabled list.

And because Luis Cessa was needed in Thursday’s 15-7 loss to the Red Sox, they’ll need a starter on Saturday when Cessa was supposed to take Happ’s spot, with Lance Lynn taking Gray’s spot Monday versus the White Sox.

While the Yankees hope Happ will miss just one start after going on the 10-day disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease, for Gray, it’s the low point of what has been a hugely disappointing tenure with the Yankees. Continue reading by Dan Martin

BOSTON, MA. – AUGUST 2: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson walks back to the dugout after giving up a home run during the second inning of the MLB game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on August 2, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ Boston Herald)

Can’t blame them much, especially with the Yankees in town.

After all, their esteemed rivals get to flaunt the best bullpen in baseball in front of the Red Sox’ faces through the weekend. And while the Yankees’ middle relief was responsible for coughing up a horror show in the Red Sox’ 15-7 romp last night — Jonathan Holder allowed seven runs in the fourth inning — their entire bullpen unit, especially the deep back end, represents the one team area where the Yankees hold a clear advantage over the Red Sox.

While admittedly glossing over their actions last night, it’s worth noting that the Yankees bullpen already dominated the Red Sox bullpen in the clubs’ nine prior games this season.

What’s more is that before the trading deadline, the Yankees made the best bullpen in baseball even better and ever deeper. They snatched a Red Sox target, the Orioles’ Zach Britton, and added him to a crew that already includes Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, A.J. Cole, Chad Green and now, deposed starter Sonny Gray. Continue reading by Michael Silverman

Photo provided by the Tampa Bay Rays
Photo provided by the Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have unveiled plans for their proposed new stadium in Tampa.

The team presented renderings of their plans in a press conference on Tuesday. The structure will feature a fixed translucent roof with sliding glass walls that open completely, as well as a field made of artificial turf. Other features include patio and fountain seating, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

The stadium project is estimated to open for the 2023 season and cost $892 million. The roof would cost $240 million in that total, according to Topkin.

“It is not just a ballpark, its a community asset,” Rays senior vice president Melanie Lenz said.

The new stadium would have 28,216 fixed seats and a capacity of 30,842, making it the smallest ballpark in MLB, reports Topkin. The upper deck seats would only stretch as far as the bases. By JENNA WEST

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