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Rays: Maddon (Bayshore), Jeter (Davis Islands) have view of each other

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 Erik Bedard (0-0, 0.00)

YANKEES: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86)

On Bedard: Will be the seventh Rays starting pitcher this season, matching the total for a full season in 2009 and 2010.

On Kuroda: Will make fourth start of the season. In five career starts vs. the Rays is 2-3 with a 7.36 ERA, his highest vs. any opponent.

Key matchups

RAYS vs. kuroda

Evan Longoria 4-for-14, HR

Yunel Escobar 4-for-16

Wil Myers 1-for-2

yankees vs. betard

Jacoby Ellsbury 1-for-2

Derek Jeter 6-for-32

Brian McCann 3-for-3

On deck

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

A view of St. Jetersburg

Rays manager Joe Maddon has the utmost respect for Yankees SS Derek Jeter as a competitor. They also are downright neighborly. Maddon says from his Bayshore Boulevard home he can see Jeter's 30,875-square-foot mansion — nicknamed St. Jetersburg — across the bay on Davis Islands. "I can see him across the bay, but he's also reminded me he can see me, too," Maddon said.

Quote of the day

"Go shake hands with him. He comes from a family of blacksmiths I believe. He's kind of like a Steve Garvey-esque type of guy when you look at him from his fingers to his elbows. The guy is going to hit. Shake his hand, you'll understand why this guy hits the ball so hard."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on INF Logan Forsythe (right), who entered Thursday's game batting .172

Number of the day

4-0 Record for the Rays in one-run games, which entering Thursday made Tampa Bay the majors' only unbeaten team in one-run games (1-0 over Kansas City, 1-0 and 2-1 over Cincinnati, and 5-4 over Texas).

Rays: Maddon (Bayshore), Jeter (Davis Islands) have view of each other 04/17/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:13pm]
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