With two regulars missing from their rotation, the New York Yankees could sorely use some better performances from Freddy Garcia than the last time he was in the rotation.
A visit to the struggling Tampa Bay Rays might help Garcia ease back into a starting role and enable the Yankees to end their seven-game skid at Tropicana Field on Monday night.
New York (48-30) suffered two big blows Thursday when All-Star CC Sabathia (groin) and Andy Pettitte (ankle) landed on the disabled list. The Yankees didn't get much help from emergency call-up Adam Warren the following night in his major league debut, a 14-7 defeat to the Chicago White Sox that got so out of hand that outfielder Dewayne Wise had to pitch the ninth inning.
The Yankees are hoping Garcia (2-2, 6.39 ERA) will serve as a better stopgap when they give him the ball for his first start since April 28. The veteran right-hander was 0-2 with a 12.51 ERA over the first month of the season and didn't make it out of the second innin...