The Yankees make a significant adjustment at first base.

On Wednesday night, the New York Yankees face the Tampa Bay Rays in a pivotal series finale. 

Gerrit Cole, the Yankees' ace with a 2.64 ERA, will face Shane McClanahan, Tampa's left-handed starter with 11 victories and a 3.00 ERA. 

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Jake Bauers Replaces Anthony Rizzo Pre-game drama continues after the pitcher's duel. Jake Bauers will play first base for the Yankees, giving Anthony Rizzo a day off. Rizzo, 33, is struggling this season.

Rizzo has 12 home runs and 41 RBIs, batting.244 with a.328 OBP. His career-low 99 wRC+ comes from a.167 average and.235 OBP in July. 

Jake Bauers: Strong Hitter Despite Lefty Struggle Despite his modest stats, 27-year-old Bauers has been one of the Yankees' most consistent hitters this year. He has a.234 batting average,.314 OBP, nine home runs, 22 RBIs, a 31.4% strikeout rate, a 10.9% walk rate, and a 121 wRC+.

Bauers' dismal success against left-handed pitchers makes this lineup decision against the Rays surprising. He's hit.176 and.222 in 17 at-bats this season. Rizzo has hit.333 with a.402 OBP versus left-handed pitchers in 78 at-bats. 

Rest and Performance: A Tightrope Rizzo needs relaxation, but choosing this Rays game for his off-day looks odd. After two games, Aaron Judge will remain the team's designated hitter due to toe pain.

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