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Rays-Yankees Tuesday preview

Tonight: vs. Yankees

7:10, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $26-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: $2 tickets for kids 14 and under with adult ticket purchase

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH Drew Smyly (7-11, 4.98)

YANKEES: RH Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.94)

On Smyly: Is 5-0, 3.81 over past 10 starts after going 2-11, 5.64 in his first 18. Has allowed 31 homers, third most in AL. Is 3-0, 1.91 in eight games vs. Yankees; 2-0, 2.08 this season.

On Pineda: Is 0-1, 4.11 over past six starts. Was "as good as we've ever seen for four innings" per Rays manager Kevin Cash in Sept. 9 start. Overall is 2-4, 4.74 in 11 games vs. Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. PINEDA

Corey Dickerson 6-for-10, HR

Logan Forsythe 5-for-12

Evan Longoria 5-for-30, HR

YANKEES VS. SMYLY

Billy Butler 7-for-19, HR

Jacoby Ellsbury 3-for-17

Brett Gardner 1-for-11, HR

Mark Teixeira 3-for-14

A major difference

The Rays have been one of the most improved teams in the majors from before the All-Star break to after. A look:

Run

W-L Pct. Diff

Pre ASB 34-54 .386 -74

Post ASB 30-31 .492 +52

On deck

Wednesday: vs Yankees, 7:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (1-0, 3.06); Yankees — RH Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.97)

Thursday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Rays — LH Blake Snell (5-8, 3.87); Yankees — RH Luis Cessa (4-2, 4.44)

Friday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (8-18, 4.05); Red Sox — TBA

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 6:10. Rays — RH Matt Andriese (8-7, 4.41); Red Sox — TBA

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.73); Red Sox — TBA

Rays DL

• INF Matt Duffy, 60-day, left ankle surgery

• 1B/DH Logan Morrison, 60-day, left wrist injury

Current roster

Pitchers (19): RH Matt Andriese, RH Chris Archer, RH Brad Boxberger, LH Xavier Cedeno, RH Alex Cobb, RH Alex Colome, LH Dana Eveland, RH Danny Farquhar, RH Eddie Gamboa, RH Ryan Garton, RH Steve Geltz, RH Kevin Jepsen, LH Justin Marks, RH Jake Odorizzi, RH Erasmo Ramirez, LH Enny Ramirez, LH Drew Smyly, LH Blake Snell, RH Chase Whitley

Catchers (3): Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Bobby Wilson

Infielders (6): Logan Forsythe, Nick Franklin, Evan Longoria, Brad Miller, Alexei Ramirez, Richie Shaffer

Outfielders (5): Jaff Decker, Corey Dickerson, Kevin Kiermaier, Mikie Mahtook, Steven Souza Jr.

DL (2): INF Matt Duffy, 60-day, left ankle surgery; 1B/DH Logan Morrison, 60-day, left wrist injury

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Yankees Tuesday preview 09/19/16 [Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 8:59pm]
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