Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1250-AM, 97.9-FM
Tickets: $19-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.
Promotion: Fernando Rodney figurine through Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem. Matt Moore cowbell to the first 10,000 fans.
LH David Price (7-5, 3.29)
LH CC Sabathia (11-10, 4.83)
On Price: Had to battle to win his last start, stranding 10 baserunners and allowing just two runs in a 4-3 victory in Baltimore. Is 7-4 with a 3.74 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) against the Yankees.
On Sabathia: Has won just four of his 22 starts against the Rays since becoming a Yankee before 2009, going 4-11 with a 4.47 ERA. Won his last start, Sunday's come-from-behind 9-6 victory in Boston in which he allowed six runs in 51/3 innings
Rays vs. Sabathia
Yunel Escobar 10-for-33, 2 HRs
Evan Longoria 19-for-50, 6 HRs
Sean Rodriguez 13-for-39, 2 HRs
Yankees vs. Price
Alex Rodriguez 9-for-37, HR
Curtis Granderson 9-for-46, 4 HRs
Robinson Cano 13-for-51, HR
Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-2, 2.85); Yankees — Ivan Nova (6-4, 2.99)
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
AL wild card
Team W-L Win% GB
Red Sox 75-55 .577—
A's 71-56 .559—
Orioles 69-58 .543 2
Indians 69-59 .539 21/2
Yankees 68-60 .531 31/2
Tribute of the day
The Rays did it up for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera's final stop in town, commissioning a sand sculpture of his likeness and donating $3,150 ($50 for each save he has recorded against them) to his foundation. Then they showed a video with Rays players thanking Rivera, who tipped his cap to a standing ovation. "It's incredible," Rays LHP David Price said. "For him to be the person that he's been on the biggest stage of baseball — doing it in New York — that's what stands out to me about Mariano Rivera. He did everything the right way."
Quote of the day
"Beautiful. When you play the game the right way and respect the game, a lot of people see that. And when you hear comments from your peers like that. It's very special. It's wonderful."
Rivera on the video tribute