Commentators Michael Kay (left) and Ken Singleton during a pre-game...

Commentators Michael Kay (left) and Ken Singleton during a pre-game show for the YES Network. (March 3, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

YES’ Michael Kay should be rested and ready for the Yankees’ big series against the Red Sox, having skipped the entire West Coast swing.

Such breaks always prompt reader inquiries about whether Kay is working less than in the past, but not so. He said his contract calls for 125 games this season (including spring training), just as it has before.

Whatever you think of Kay’s work – and of the admitted “tightrope’’ he walks as a sports talk host on 1050 ESPN – the guy certainly keeps busy in-season. Does the grind ever get to him?

“It’s tough, but everybody involved makes it easier,’’ he said. “YES makes it easier for me and 1050 has given me a lot of time off. I think it’s become part of my normal life where it’s not exhausting me as much.

“I love doing the [radio] show so much in the winter that I’m going to suck it up during the six months of the baseball season.’’

Kay has been fighting an uphill ratings battle against WFAN since he moved to afternoon drive time in 2005, but the station is optimistic about the content and ratings direction of the show.

“It is a franchise we are proud to be building around and we’re very confident with the game plan we have in place,’’ 1050 GM Dave Roberts said.

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