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Rays: Tampa leaders in New York; Lightning's St. Louis, too; Longoria reaches 500 RBIs

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (4-7, 5.02)

YANKEES: RH David Phelps (4-4, 4.08)

On Hernandez: Consistently inconsistent. Lost to Royals in last start, leaving without finishing sixth for fifth time in 13 starts. Is 1-6 with a 7.50 ERA in 12 appearances against Yankees, 1-2, 7.88 at new Yankee Stadium.

On Phelps: Coming off rough start in Anaheim and has allowed at least four earned runs in three of his past five starts, going 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA. Hasn't lost in five career appearances (three starts) against Rays, going 1-0, 2.50.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Phelps

Yunel Escobar 1-for-7

James Loney 2-for-7

Ben Zobrist 3-for-8

YANKEES VS. Hernandez

Robinson Cano 11-for-27

Brett Gardner 4-for-12

Ichiro Suzuki 7-for-23, HR

On deck

Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00); Yankees — C.C. Sabathia (7-5. 3.93)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

. Tampa Bay takeover

The area around the visiting dugout at Yankee Stadium sure had a Tampa look Thursday as Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (center, with tie), Hillsborough County Commission chairman Ken Hagan and other business leaders, in town on an economic development mission, stopped by. The group of 27 chatted with Rays manager Joe Maddon and, more interestingly, principal owner Stuart Sternberg (right), then watched from a suite they bought for the night.

Another Tampa tie

Lightning star Marty St. Louis, who has an offseason home in Connecticut, was also on the field before the game with his family, one of his sons in a Yankees jersey.

Fast to 500

3B Evan Longoria logged his 500th career RBI on Thursday, his 710th game. Only seven active players did it quicker:

Player, team Gms

Ryan Howard, Phi. 575

Albert Pujols, LAA 623

Todd Helton, Col. 651

Josh Hamilton, LAA 667

Mark Teixeira, NYY 694

Miguel Cabrera, Det. 697

Justin Morneau, Min. 706

Rays: Tampa leaders in New York; Lightning's St. Louis, too; Longoria reaches 500 RBIs 06/20/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:12pm]
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