Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Yankees Sunday preview

Today: vs. Yankees

1:10, 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: Rays backpacks to all kids 14 and under.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Blake Snell (2-4, 3.05)

YANKEES: RH Michael Pineda (5-9, 5.00)

On Snell: Has pitched at least six innings in each of his past three starts after doing that once in his first five. Has allowed two or fewer runs in those three starts.

On Pineda: Coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Opponents are hitting .198 against him during his past nine starts dating to June 7.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. PINEDA

Corey Dickerson 2-for-5, HR

Logan Forsythe 4-for-6

Kevin Kiermaier 3-for-12

Evan Longoria 5-for-24, HR

Brad Miller 4-for-10

Steve Pearce 5-for-12, HR

Steven Souza Jr. 6-for-14, 3 HRs

YANKEES VS. SNELL

Jacoby Ellsbury 1-for-3

Brett Gardner 0-for-2

Chase Headley 0-for-2

Alex Rodriguez 0-for-2

Oh-fer Odo

According the Elias Sports Bureau, RHP Jake Odorizzi is the first pitcher in Rays history to pitch back-to-back scoreless outings without allowing a walk in either game. He's also the only Rays pitcher this year with back-to-back scoreless starts.

On deck

Monday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (5-14, 4.42), Royals — LH Danny Duffy (6-1, 3.22)

Tuesday: vs. Royals, 7:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (7-7, 4.08), Royals — RH Yordano Ventura (6-9, 4.88)

Roger Mooney, Times staff writer

Comments
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