Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Yankees Sunday preview

Today: at Yankees

1:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (0-2, 2.91)

YANKEES: RH Michael Pineda (1-1, 5.29)

On Smyly: Coming off dazzling outing in Boston, one hit and 11 strikeouts over eight innings but no decision. Second straight start with 11 Ks. Is 1-0-1, 1.82 in six games (three starts) vs. Yankees.

On Pineda: The 6-foot-7 hard-thrower is coming off a solid no-decision outing vs. A's, allowing two runs in six innings. Issued first four-pitch walk since 2011. Is 2-1, 2.70 in seven games vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. PINEDA

Kevin Kiermaier 2-for-9

Evan Longoria 2-for-20

Steven Souza Jr. 4-for-9, HR

YANKEES VS. SMYLY

Carlos Beltran 0-for-5

Jacoby Ellsbury 3-for-10

Alex Rodriguez 1-for-7

All about Blake Snell

• He was the first Rays pitcher to work at least five innings and allow two or fewer hits in his debut, and the fifth to work five with one or no runs.

• He was the first Ray to make his big-league debut at Yankee Stadium as a starter, and the 33rd visiting pitcher overall. And he was the third Rays pitcher to make his debut in the Bronx, following Bobby Seay (2001) and David Price (2008).

• He was the 27th pitcher to start for the Rays since 2008, fewest in the majors during that span. The Giants are next at 29. The Dodgers have used the most at 59.

• He wore No. 4 — his longtime favorite — to become the first Rays pitcher to sport single digits. Hideo Nomo had the previous lowest number at 11.

Quote of the day

"The debuts were similar, and if you're going to tell me the career paths will be similar, I'll take that, too."

Pitching coach Jim Hickey, on Blake Snell and David Price both debuting at Yankee Stadium

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