The Yankees make a significant adjustment at first base.

On Wednesday evening, the New York Yankees will play the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees' ace, Gerrit Cole, will take the mound against Tampa Bay's successful left-handed starter,  

Shane McClanahan, who has 11 wins and a 3.00 ERA this season.  

The pre-game excitement, however, does not end with the pitcher's duel. The Yankees announced an unexpected adjustment in their pre-game lineup:  

Jake Bauers will take over first base, giving veteran Anthony Rizzo a well-deserved day off.  

This move comes as Rizzo, 33, struggles through a difficult season.

Rizzo presently has a.244 batting average with a.328 OBP, 12 home runs, and 41 RBIs.  

His 99 wRC+ is the lowest of his career, following a.167 average and.235 OBP in July alone. more


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