Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesNew York Yankees catcherAustin Romine was named the team's recipient of the HeartHustle Award Authentic Jared Goff Jersey
, and the timing couldn't have been more ironic.The team announced the news Tuesday:New York Yankees YankeesCongrats to Yankees #HeartandHustle award winner, Austin Romine! mn81fVulSOThat comes on the morning after New York lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6, which ended with the tying run being negated because starting catcher Gary Sanchez failed to run out a grounder:Sanchez admitted after the game that he should have given 100 percent on the play:And that's not even mentioning the way he allowed a runner to score from second on a passed ball:Jon Heyman of Fancred later reported that it is believed Sanchez reaggravated his groin injury on the passed ball and willbe placed on the disabled list.With the loss and the Boston Red Sox's 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees (63-35) are now six games back in the American League East. They do, however, hold a 6.5-game edge in the wild-card race.It was just the latest hiccup for Sanchez in what has been a rough season for the 22-year-old. Just one year removed from an All-Star selection, he is hitting .188 with 14 home runs, 14 doubles and 42 RBI in 66 appearances. For comparison, he hit .278 with 33 home runs and 20 doubles in 2017.Sanchez also ranks sixth among AL catchers with four errors.Meanwhile Jared Goff Jersey Elite
, Romine is trending in the opposite direction. While he owns a .229 career average, the 22-year-old backup is hitting .270/.331/.484 with six home runs, nine doubles and 26 RBI in 41 games.Sanchez's power is good enough for New York skipper Aaron Boone to put up with the low batting average, the defensive miscues and lapses like the one in Monday night's contest. However, Yankees fans couldn't help but notice how poor the timing of Romine's award was:Adam ATB_1990Yankees How did Sanchez not get this award???馃FakeFan Downtown davidtabrownYankees Worst timing ever...Justin Diamond justinddiamondYankees Sanchez SNUBBEDLuke Owens LukeTheKid3Yankees Take notes GaryBlake Crocitto BCTWENTY3Yankees Could not have asked for better timing #HeartandHustle Congrats Austin RomineAs much as fans may want it to be, this was no shade thrown by the Yankees.Otherteamsaround the league also announced their recipients Tuesday. The chances are slim. OK, very slim.But the Tampa Bay Rays host Oakland in a weekend series beginning Friday with their last chance at making a run at the Athletics for an American League wild-card spot.This is a three-game series between the two hottest teams in the league, but an Oakland loss in Baltimore on Thursday night left the idle Rays eight games behind the A’s, who trail the idle New York Yankees for the top wild-card position by 1 1/2 games. The A’s also fell 3 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros atop the AL West.Article continues below ...Obviously Authentic Brandin Cooks Jersey
, the only chance Tampa Bay might have hinges on a sweep this weekend and while the Rays have won 18 of their last 22 games overall and 13 of their last 14 at home, the chance of Oakland losing all three games seems remote at best.Even with Thursday night’s loss, which ended a six-game winning streak, the A’s are 55-22 in their last 77 games. Before the loss, they were 32 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 23, 2003.They have a magic number to clinch the wild-card spot of nine, but face a hot Tampa team that has built a strong belief in itself down the stretch.“You hope that we’re learning a lot about ourselves right now,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday. “Bring some excitement to the rest of this year and going into the offseason. Getting to watch this from a really good seat, it’s pretty exciting. I hope it’s exciting for our fans. Because these guys http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/pat-tillman-jersey
, they come every day, they bring a lot of effort, they’re fun to watch and they’re very talented.”Veteran Edwin Jackson, who is 5-3 with a 3.26 ERA this season since joining the A’s (his 13th team), works the first game of the series on Friday, while Cash goes with “opener” Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.45 ERA), with 14-game winner rookie Ryan Yarbrough slated to do the bulk of the work.Jackson is 1-1 in his last five starts and is coming off a rough outings against the Rangers in Oakland, giving up four runs on five hits Authentic Josh Rosen Jersey
, including two home runs, in three innings of a no-decision. The A’s won the game 8-6.Yarbrough is 14-5 with a 3.78 ERA and will take over for Castillo, who gave up a run in two innings as the “opener” Monday night. Yarbrough had a 5 2/3-inning relief appearance with nine strikeouts while allowing three runs May 31 against the A’s as the Rays won three of four at Oakland, which is 20-9 versus the AL East.Both teams come in with former Cardinals in the midst of hitting streaks — Tampa Bay’s Tommy Pham with a 16-game streak and Oakland’s Stephen Piscotty a 14-game streak after hitting a home run in Baltimore Thursday night.The A’s, who has lost ace Sean Manaea for the season with shoulder surgery, announced Trevor Cahill, who was scheduled to start Saturday’s game, had gone home for an MRI on a strained rhomboid muscle in his back. The hope is he’ll be able to start twice on Oakland’s final homestand of the season.“Hopefully it’s just a muscular thing,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said before Thursday’s game. “Felt it last time out http://www.arizonacardinalsteamonline.com/josh-rosen-jersey
, so we’re going to send him back. He’s had some trouble in certain areas before, so we want to make sure we cover our bases. Hopefully we know a little bit more tomorrow about what the results are, and hopefully it’s only one turn around.”Tampa’s Matt Duffy missed the last three games with back stiffness but was available to pinch hit Wednesday and hopes to play Friday night.