Sunday, May 27, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Yankees Saturday preview

Today: at Yankees

1:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Blake Snell

Yankees: RH Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.06)

On Snell: Top Rays prospect makes major-league debut. Was 1-1, 2.51 in 3 starts at Triple-A Durham, with 21 Ks in 141/3 innings. Was 15-4, 1.41 over 3 levels in 2015, named top minor-leaguer.

On Tanaka: Japanese veteran coming off win over Seattle on Sunday, working seven innings. Has 296 strikeouts and only 53 walks in Yankees career. Is 2-0, 2.70 in 3 starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Tanaka

Logan Forsythe 0-for-5

Desmond Jennings 1-for-7 HR

Evan Longoria 1-for-8

Brad Miller 2-for-9

Yankees vs. Snell

None have faced

On deck

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — LH Drew Smyly (0-2, 2.91); Yankees — RH Michael Pineda (1-1, 5.29)

Monday: vs. Orioles, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (0-4, 7.32); Orioles — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.97); Orioles — TBA

Sign of the times

This weekend will be the second time the Rays start three lefties in a series at Yankee Stadium (new or old). This weekend it will be Matt Moore, Blake Snell and Drew Smyly. Over June 23-25, 2005, they used Casey Fossum, Mark Hendrickson and Scott Kazmir.

Familiar faces

Yankees RHP Kirby Yates came up with the Rays and pitched with them 2014-15. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was the first Devil Rays manager.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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