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Rays-Yankees Friday preview

Tonight: vs. Yankees

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $26-300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: $15 lower level tickets for students 18 and older

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 4.10)

YANKEES: RH Ivan Nova (7-5, 4.65)

On Odorizzi: Pitched eight scoreless innings at Oakland on Friday but got MLB-most 12th no-decision. Is 3-5, 4.75 in 10 games vs. Yankees, including May 29 when he retired first 16 batters and lost.

On Nova: Coming off first back-to-back starts of six-plus innings/one or no earned runs since 2013. Is 6-4, 4.56 in 14 starts. Is 8-6, 3.66 in 17 games vs. Rays, 2-2, 6.51 at Trop.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. NOVA

Logan Forsythe 1-for-9

Kevin Kiermaier 3-for-5, HR

Evan Longoria 10-for-36, 3 HRs

Steve Pearce 0-for-4

YANKEES VS. ODORIZZI

Jacoby Ellsbury 6-for-25

Chase Headley 2-for-16

Brian McCann 12-for-23, 3 HRs

Alex Rodriguez 2-for-12, 2 HRs

Historical connection, Part 1

Former Devil Rays and Yankees RHP Dwight Gooden, a Tampa native, will be at the Trop tonight and Saturday signing autographs pregame for a $20 donation to benefit the Ted Williams Museum scholarship fund.

Historical connection, Part 2

A great grandson of legendary Babe Ruth will visit the St. Petersburg Museum of History at 2 p.m. today to donate a signed ball from his family to the Schrader's Little Cooperstown collection. Brent Stevens, who lives in Atlanta, also will throw out a first pitch before tonight's game. During his museum appearance, local author Will Michaels will sign copies of his new book, Hidden History of St. Petersburg, which includes chapters on Ruth's spring training adventures in the sunshine city.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Yankees, 6:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (2-11, 5.42); Yankees — RH Nathan Eovaldi (9-6, 4.80)

Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:10. Rays — LH Blake Snell (2-4, 3.05); Yankees — RH Michael Pineda (5-9, 5.00)

Monday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-14, 4.42); Royals — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (7-7, 4.08); Royals — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 4.10); Royals — TBA

Thursday: vs. Royals, 12:10. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (2-11, 5.42); Royals — TBA

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, left oblique strain, eligible June 16, on rehab, targeting this weekend

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting late August

• OF Desmond Jennings, left hamstring strain, eligible July 16, targeting next week

• OF Mikie Mahtook, left hand fracture, eligible July 6, targeting mid August

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible June 2, targeting mid August

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Yankees Friday preview 07/28/16 [Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:01pm]
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