- Andrew Marchand, ESPNNewYork.com
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Suddenly and swiftly, the Yankees are the ones with the young pitching, while the Rays have question marks in their rotation.
The Rays have been hurt by injury after injury to their r, making their favorite status in the AL East a little tenuous.
On Friday night, they are forced to throw 35-year-old journeyman Erik Bedard.
The Rays supposedly have plenty more young pitchers in the pipeline, but at the moment the Yankees have created some depth in the majors and possibly the minors. Besides Tanaka and Pineda, Ivan Nova is just 27.
Adam Warren is only 26. Warren looks like he could be a dependable setup man and, if given the chance, may be able to become a starter. Other than his disastrous one-start debut in 2012, he has been impressive now for a year-and-a-half.
Joining Warren in the pen is Dellin Betances. Betances, 26, has struck out 11 in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Though he doesn't always have complete control of his pitches, he is becoming a weapon.
David Phelps is a bit up-and-down, but he is only 27.
On the farm, the Yankees have some potential with Manny Banuelos, Jose Campos and Luis Severino.
As we have already seen this year, pitching depth is a fragile thing. But at the moment, there is a role reversal going on with the Yankees' young pitchers thriving and the Rays taking a step back.
On deck: Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86) takes on Bedard (0-0, 0.00) in Game 2 of this four-game series. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.