Rays at Yankees
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
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.
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
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