Alex Rodriguez not in Yankees’ starting lineup vs. Red Sox on Friday

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Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez, currently sitting on 659 career home runs, will have to wait one more day to continue his pursuit of tying Willie Mays for fourth on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard. He is not in Friday’s starting lineup against the Red Sox. Via MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

Rodriguez last homered on April 26 against the Mets, but he has been in a rut at the plate spanning nearly two weeks. Since April 18, he’s batting .135/.319/.270 with one home run, two RBI, and a an 11/10 K/BB ratio in 47 plate appearances.

Justin Masterson is on the hill for the Red Sox on Friday night opposing CC Sabathia of the Yankees. Red Sox lefty Wade Miley opposes Nathan Eovaldi of the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).