“Wherever we need to play, we'll go play and hope for the best back home,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said in Boston, where Tampa Bay is playing this weekend.
Playing at other neutral sites, like the Baltimore Orioles' Camden Yards and the Chicago White Sox' Guaranteed Rate Field, was considered. But hotel availability was tough to find in both cities, and in New York only the Rays will need lodging.
The Rays will be the home team in the series, so the Yankees — who are 2-0 at Citi Field this season, part of their four-game season sweep of the Mets — will again be the road team in their crosstown rival's park.
“I've watched Weather.com more than I have any advanced report on the Red Sox or anything like that,” Cash said. “There's a lot of concern.”
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who suffered a broken right wrist when was hit by a pitch on June 18, was activated from the disabled list. He is batting .211 in 64 games.