Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Tickets: $28-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Promotion: Mr. Happy Bobblehead
RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.03)
Yankees: RH Hiroki Kuroda (7-8, 4.03)
On Hellickson: Threw six shutout innings in his last start Tuesday at Texas. Will make his sixth Rays start since coming off the DL in July from offseason elbow surgery. Pitched 82/3 scoreless innings in his last home start against the Yankees, in April 2012.
On Kuroda: Is 4-1, 3.86 against the AL East this year. His career 3.04 ERA in August is his best of any month and is the 12th-lowest August ERA in the majors since 2008. Is winless in four starts against the Rays.
RAYS VS. KURODA
Desmond Jennings 5-for-15
Evan Longoria 9-for-21, HR
Matt Joyce 7-for-20
Yankees VS. HELLICKSON
Derek Jeter 2-for-13
Mark Teixeira 6-for-16
Jacoby Ellsbury 6-for-23
Tuesday: Tigers, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-6, 3.24); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (14-4, 2.98)
Wednesday: Tigers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89); Tigers — RH Rick Porcello (13-7, 3.11)
Matt Baker, Times staff writer
Heart and Hustle
The Rays honored RF Kevin Kiermaier before the game as the team's recipient of the Heart & Hustle Award. It honors active players who "demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game." Kiermaier made a leaping catch at the warning track to rob the Yankees' Brett Gardner of a hit in the third.
The Rays had their second sellout of the season (along with opening day), playing in front of an announced attendance of 31,042 that seemed tilted in the Yankees' favor with Derek Jeter's winning hit. "I totally appreciate what's going on," manager Joe Maddon said of fans' appreciation toward the retiring Yankee great, "but I'm not going to sit here and defend all of that noise in the Yankees' favor in our ballpark."
AL wild-card race
Team W-L Pct. GB
Athletics 73-50 .593—
Tigers 66-55 .545—
Mariners 66-56 .541 .5
Blue Jays 64-60 .516 3.5
Yankees 62-59 .512 4
Indians 62-60 .508 4.5
Rays 61-62 .496 6