Rays at Yankees
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Rays: LH David Price (6-7, 3.63)
YANKEES: RH Hiroki Kuroda (5-5, 4.23)
On Price: Coming off strong 81/3-inning start vs. Pirates, his fifth straight game of 10-plus strikeouts. Leads majors in Ks (144), AL in homers (17). Is 9-5, 3.84 in 23 games vs. Yankees.
On Kuroda: Beat Jays Wednesday and is 3-2, 3.71 in his past 10 starts after going 2-3, 5.14 in first six. Is 21-11, 2.95 in 41 home starts as a Yankee. Is 2-3, 6.94 in six starts vs. Rays.
Rays VS. KURODA
Matt Joyce 6-for-16, 3 HRs
Evan Longoria 7-for-17, HR
Ben Zobrist 5-for-15, 2 HRs
YANKEES VS. PRICE
Jacoby Ellsbury 14-for-45
Derek Jeter 16-for-56, 2 HR
Brian McCann 4-for-8, 2 HRs
Wednesday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.14); Yankees — LH Vidal Nuno (2-4, 5.42)
Thursday: at Tigers, 7:08. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (4-5, 4.21); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (9-3, 3.64)
Friday: at Tigers, 7:08. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.20); Tigers — LH Drew Smyly (4-7, 3.57)
Saturday: at Tigers, 4:08. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-5, 3.29); Tigers — RH Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.64)
Sunday: at Tigers, 8:05. Rays — LH David Price (6-7, 3.63); Tigers — RH Rick Porcello (10-4, 3.41)
The Rays are in New York, so not only was trade candidate LHP David Price asked about the possibility of being dealt to the Yankees, but whether he would shave his beard to conform with their rule against facial hair. "I would have to," he said. "I would have to, as much as I wouldn't want to. I abide by team rules. I'm not that guy."
The Rays pitchers on Monday set the MLB record for strikeouts in any month:
K's Team, month
287 Rays, June '14
286 Cubs, Aug. '02
280 Indians, May '13
K's Team, month
280 Tigers, May '13
272 Astros, Aug. '98
265 Tigers, Sept. 13
Quote of the day
"I'd rather go see St. Patrick's Cathedral."
Rays manager Joe Maddon, who has some issues with the MLB replay system, when asked if he wanted to tour the New York command center