Rays at Yankees
When/where: 1:05, Yankee Stadium, New York
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: LH Matt Moore (14-3, 3.17)
YANKEES: RH Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.33)
On Moore: Shares major-league lead with 14 wins and is coming off first career complete-game shutout, at Boston. Has won past six starts. Is 4-2, 3.67 ERA in seven starts vs. Yankees, 2-0, 2.21 in three this season.
On Hughes: Has been in a rut, going 2-7, 4.28 over his past 12 decisions, allowing at least one homer in eight of the games. Is 4-4, 3.81 in 15 games vs. the Rays, 3-4, 3.94 in eight starts.
Rays VS. HUGHES
Yunel Escobar 7-for-19
Matt Joyce 5-for-13, 2 HRs
Luke Scott 8-for-16
YANKEES VS. MOORE
Robinson Cano 4-for-14
Ichiro Suzuki 5-for-13
Vernon Wells 1-for-15
Monday: at Red Sox, 6:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (5-5, 3.75); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront (7-4, 3.78)
Tuesday: vs. Diamondbacks, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (5-11, 4.92); D'backs — RH Ian Kennedy (3-7, 5.22)
Wednesday: vs. Diamondbacks, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-3, 4.48); D'backs — LH Wade Miley (7-8, 3.86)
Rays disabled list
RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1
RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22
RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season
RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September
Manager Joe Maddon wasn't sure exactly what to think when shown a photo of the large sand sculpture built Saturday on St. Pete Beach in the likeness of his popular gnome, which will be given away again Saturday. "It's kind of funny," Maddon said. "I've had sand kicked in my face, but I've never really been sculpted with sand."
David Price's July 2 return from the disabled list is considered the main reason for the stark improvement in the Rays' starting pitchers, specifically their pitch efficiency. But Matt Moore, who starts today, joked the reason could be something else: "It just seemed like we started eating different cereal or something, I don't know what it was. (It was) Fruity Pebbles, and we've moved on to Lucky Charms."
Stat of the day
Saturday was the Rays' fourth nine-inning complete game (and second shutout) of fewer than 100 pitches in 16 games. In their previous 16 seasons, they totaled five.
Term of the day
"The Maddux": A complete-game shutout in which the starter throws fewer than 100 pitches, named for control specialist and 355-game winner Greg Maddux.