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What's new: In a season of constant roster shuffling, the Yankees have made a series of recent additions — 3B Chase Headley, INF/OF Martin Prado, INF Stephen Drew and Ps Brandon McCarthy and Rich Hill — while dumping INFs Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson. C Brian McCann (seven-day concussion) is the latest addition to a DL that includes Ps Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and David Phelps. They have lost four straight but are 14-11 since the All-Star break. Derek Jeter's march to retirement remains a major story line.

Key stat: The Yankees have used 52 players (second most in franchise history), with eight making their big-league debuts. Of a team-record 31 pitchers, 19 have at least one win.

Connections: Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild was the first Devil Rays manager; Rays C Jose Molina is a former Yankee.

Series history: Rays lead 7-3 this season. Yankees lead 168-117 overall, 77-65 at Trop, though Rays are 20-11 at home since 2011.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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