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Rays: Stats of day; best offense; Longoria rare company

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $19-$300, at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

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Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (2-4, 5.24)

Yankees: RH David Phelps (2-2, 3.83)

On Hernandez: He lasted only two-plus innings in his last start at Baltimore. He is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA at home this year; 0-3, 8.10 at home. In 11 games (eight starts) against the Yankees, he is 1-5, 7.16, allowing four or more runs six times.

On Phelps: He is making his fifth start and has also worked in relief. Coming off a seven-inning win over the Jays, he has worked six-plus innings with two or fewer earned runs in his last three starts. Is 0-0 with a 0.87 ERA in four games (two starts) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Phelps

Yunel Escobar 0-for-4

James Loney 1-for-4

Ben Zobrist 2-for-3

yANKs VS. HErnandez

Robinson Cano 11-for-26

Curtis Granderson 13-for-39, 3 HR

Ichiro Suzuki 7-for-23, HR

On deck

Saturday: vs. Yankees, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (8-0, 2.29); Yankees — Vidal Nuno (1-0, 0.00)

Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (5-2, 2.73); Yankees — CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.43)

Monday: vs. Marlins, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jake Odorizzi, (0-0, 5.40); Marlins — Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.31)

Tuesday: vs. Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.37); Marlins — Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.30)

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

• LHP David Price, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Interesting company

3B Evan Longoria is the first player since 1999 to reach base in 45 of his team's first 46 games, and one of 12 AL players to do so going back to 1916:

Evan LongorIa, TB, 2013Luke Appling, CWS, 1939

Derek Jeter, NYY, 1999 Hank Greenberg, Det., 1937

Frank Thomas, CWS, 1996 Lou Gehrig, NYY, 1934

Edgar Martinez, Sea., 1997 Jimmie Foxx, Phi.-AL, 1932

Frank Thomas, CWS, 1991 Lu Blue, StL-AL, 1930

Toby Harrah, Cle., 1982 Lou Gehrig, NYY, 1927

Ted Williams, Bos., 1948 Lou Gehrig, NYY, 1926

Ted Williams, Bos., 1946 Harry Hooper, Bos., 1920

Stats of the day

5 Consecutive home series wins against the Yankees.

13-3 Record against the Yankees at the Trop since July 21, 2011.

Yes, this is true

Since April 17, the Rays have been the majors' best offensive team, leading all teams (through Wednesday) in these categories:


RunsAverageOn-base pct.

James Loney, left, leads the Rays with a .350 average.

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