Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays-Yankees preview

.up next

at Yankees

Tonight-Sunday

What's new: The Yankees are having some problems with their rotation, losing RHP Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery and RHP Michael Pineda to a suspension and a back strain. But they're still leading the AL East, riding the rest of their rotation and a bullpen bolstered by the return of closer David Robertson. Though the teams already played four games at the Trop, the Rays will get their first look this weekend at Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka, who now leads their rotation. Other new faces of note include C Brian McCann, OFs Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Key stat: The Yankees, after Thursday's loss to the Mariners, are 14-1 when leading after six innings and 1-11 when tied or trailing.

Connections: Yankees backup C John Ryan Murphy is a Bradenton native, INF Kelly Johnson was a Ray last year, pitching coach Larry Rothschild was the first Devil Rays manager. Rays C Jose Molina is a former Yankee.

Series history: Yankees lead 167-112 overall, 90-47 in New York, 25-21 at the new stadium.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Yankees preview 05/01/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 1, 2014 11:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 Thursday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

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

    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PAGP102
  2. Mikhail Sergachev quickly feels at home with Lightning

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — When D Mikhail Sergachev took the ice Wednesday for the first time in a Lightning uniform, he was quickly embraced by fans at the Ice Sports Forum.

    Lightning prospect Mikhail Sergachev skates during the Lightning Development Camp Wednesday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  3. USF hoops to play at Indiana in November

    Blogs

    The USF men's basketball team is set to get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse in non-conference play next season.

  4. Mariners lose lefty Drew Smyly to Tommy John surgery

    Ml

    SEATTLE — Drew Smyly was the centerpiece to one of Seattle's many offseason moves by general manager Jerry Dipoto. He was a priority acquisition as a proven lefty for the rotation the Mariners believed would thrive pitching at Safeco Field.

    Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Seattle announced the diagnosis on Wednesday, ending Smyly's hopes of returning during the 2017 season. [AP photo]
  5. Jones: Steve Yzerman's plan for getting the Lightning back into the playoffs

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Seems like forever since the Lightning played a game.

    If the Lightning season started right now, would Steve Yzerman be happy with what he has? "We're still a couple of players short,'' Yzerman said.. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]