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Rays: Jackie Robinson tribute special to players

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish).

Tickets: $18-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LHP David Price (2-0, 2.91)

yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (1-2, 6.63)

On Price: Coming off strong outing vs. Reds, working into ninth, allowing four hits. Has 22 strikeouts this season and two walks. Is 9-4, 3.65 in 21 games vs. Yankees; 4-2, 3.26 in 10 home starts.

On Sabathia: Seeking 207th win, which would move him into top 25 of all lefties. Coming off solid start vs. Red Sox. Is 11-13, 3.78 in 34 games overall vs. Rays but 4-12, 4.46 in 23 since joining Yankees.

Key matchups

RAYS vs. sabathia

Y. Escobar 11-for-36, 2 HRs

E. Longoria 21-for-53, 6 HRs

S. Rodriguez 13-for-42, 2 HRs

yankees vs. price

Jacoby Ellsbury 7-for-33, HR

Derek Jeter 15-for-51, 2 HRs

Alfonso Soriano 0-for-6

On deck

Friday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (0-0, 0.00); Yankees — RH Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86)

Saturday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50); Yankees — RH Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94)

Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:40. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (0-1, 7.50); Yankees — TBA

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• RHP Alex Cobb, left oblique strain, 15-day, April 28 (targeting late May)

•RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting June 1)

• LHP Matt Moore, left elbow soreness, eligible April 23 (to have surgery, out for season)

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, right elbow surgery, 15-day, April 14 (on rehab)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Interesting move of the day

Rays LF David DeJesus wasn't sure exactly what happened in leading to the game's most entertaining moment, his belt breaking and flapping loose after he made a diving catch in the sixth. Too tight? Probably not; he is a bit of a fitness freak. So, extraordinary effort? "Yeah, let's go with that," he said. "Let's go with I played really hard and broke it. That sounds good."

Number of the day

42 Worn by all Rays and Orioles uniformed personnel Wednesday in a rain-delayed tribute to Jackie Robinson. "It's a special day, a special man, a pioneer for the game and the country," said Rays 1B James Loney, who played previously for Robinson's team, the Dodgers. "It was special wearing it there, the Dodger blue."

Stats of the day

3 Times Rays have been shut out this year, matching the '01 team for most through 15 games

8 Rays wins in nine previous meetings between David Price and Yankees LHP CC Sabathia; Price is 6-1, 2.41 ERA.

Rays: Jackie Robinson tribute special to players 04/16/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:26pm]
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