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Rays-Yankees Saturday preview

Tonight: vs. Yankees

6:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $36-$320; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Hunter Hayes postgame concert.

Probable pitchers

rays: LH Drew Smyly (2-11, 5.42)

yankees: RH Nathan Eovaldi (5-9, 5.00)

On Smyly: His 0-7 record in his last 11 games is longest in-season losing streak by a Rays pitcher since James Shields lost seven straight in 2010, though Shields picked up a win in relief during his skid. Smyly needs three strikeouts to reach 500 for his career.

On Eovaldi: The Yankees leader in wins is 1-2 with a 3.86 in three career starts against the Rays. He allowed one earned run in six innings to earn the win on May 29, the last time he pitched at the Trop.

Key matchups

rays vs. EOVALDI

Curt Casali 2-for-8

Brandon Guyer 2-for-6

Kevin Kiermaier 1-for-5

Evan Longoria 2-for-7

Steve Pearce 2-for-6

Steven Souza Jr. 2-for-6

yankees vs. SMYLY

Carlos Beltran 1-for-8

Jacoby Ellsbury 3-for-14

Brett Gardner 0-for-8

Chase Headley 1-for-6, HR

Alex Rodriguez 2-for-9

Mark Teixeira 2-for-12

On deck

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

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

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

Forsythe honored

2B Logan Forsythe will be recognized before tonight's game by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, which voted him this year's Rays' recipient of the MLBPAA's Heart and Hustle Award.

Rays-Yankees Saturday preview 07/29/16 [Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2016 10:36pm]
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