[ENT] Yankees-Rays heated history was lurking in final inning of MLB playoffs rout

It is common knowledge the Yankees believe the Rays’ pitchers spend too much time throwing up and in. That is the crux of what has turned into each team disliking the other.

So when John Curtiss threw up and in to Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres during the five-run ninth in Monday night’s Game 1 of the ALDS following Giancarlo Stanton’s ninth-inning grand slam, it was noticed.

Of course Aaron Boone saw it, but he didn’t believe there was anything to it.

“We are just trying to put our best foot forward. I don’t take anything away from that,” Boone said.

Rays manager Kevin Cash wasn’t asked about Torres stealing second base with a six-run lead in the ninth. Nor did he bring it up.

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Clarke Schmidt wasn’t on the Yankees’ AL wild-card series roster against the Indians and when the team made a change Monday, the right-hander wasn’t added.

Instead, the Yankees put right-hander Michael King on the 28-man roster and subtracted third catcher Erik Kratz.

However, if the Yankees advance to the ALCS, Schmidt could be part of the active roster.

“Absolutely, Clarke was very much in the conversation and a couple of other guys, position players and pitchers, but Clarke was certainly in that conversation,” Boone said before a 9-3 win.

A highly regarded right-handed prospect, the 24-year-old Schmidt made three big-league appearances (one start) this season.

Kratz didn’t appear in the two wild-card series games against the Indians.

King was added from the 12-man player pool.

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“Obviously, the potential of five games in a row. Just wanting a little bit of extra coverage,” Boone said of the move. “With Michael King, he gives us some length and also there are possibilities that he could get in there in some lanes that we like.”

King, 25, appeared in nine regular-season games and made four starts. He was 1-2 with a 7.76 ERA. In 26 ²/₃ innings King allowed 30 hits, walked 11 and struck out 26.


While the Yankees’ pitchers did some early pregame stretching Monday, general manager Brian Cashman walked the length of the Petco Park outfield wall foul pole to foul pole, tapping his right hand against each partition. He took a photo of one area in left-field with his phone.

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Cashman explained to The Post that new advertisements on the wall, instituted for the playoffs, altered the bounciness of certain areas. The Yankees alerted Major League Baseball to their areas of concern, and improvements were made Sunday night. He took the photo Monday in the hopes of further tweaking the conditions.

“Just trying to ensure the ball consistently comes off the wall the same way in all spots,” Cashman wrote in a text message. He added, “Regardless of what it is, it will be the same for both [teams].”

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Aaron Hicks wasn’t pleased with not having his family with him for the ALDS against the Rays in San Diego.

“At the beginning of this we were told that there wouldn’t be any fans or family allowed to attend the games so a lot of us made the decision we weren’t going to have our families here because we didn’t want them to stay in the hotel,” Hicks said. “Now, all of a sudden, they are allowing family to come and stuff like that. It kind of sucks because we want to be with them, but if they come to the games now they can’t be with us. That definitely makes things kind of tough.”

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Tampa Bay left-hander Sean Gilmartin was with the Rays for the ALDS, although not on the active roster. Gilmartin is married to Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary who tested positive for COVID-19.

Gilmartin has been with the Rays as part of their 12-man additional player pool and has therefore been part of an MLB-mandated quarantine since Sept. 22 and not with McEnany, who has been traveling with President Trump.

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With some teams getting prepared for Instructional League workouts, the Yankees are in the discussion stages deciding if they will have an IL at their minor league facility in Tampa. The IL would likely benefit minor league players who weren’t part of the 60-man roster this past season because no minor league games were played.

— Additional reporting by Dan Martin

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