Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
LH David Price (12-13, 3.35)
Tickets: $17-$275 at box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa; $3 surcharge within five hours of game.
Watch for …
Price check: Price hasn't won since Aug. 28 but hasn't pitched particularly poorly, having allowed two earned runs or fewer his past four starts. He is 1-1 with a 4.26 in four starts this season against the Yankees.
Group effort: With just one day off before the ALDS, the Yankees are expected to use a parade of pitchers tonight, most likely none from their expected postseason roster. RHP Phil Hughes is a possibility.
Rays vs. Hughes
Matt Joyce 4-for-10, 2 HRs
B.J. Upton 0-for-10
Johnny Damon 1-for-8
Yankees vs. Price
Curtis Granderson 5-for-28, 2 HRs
Derek Jeter 11-for-36, 2 HRs
Nick Swisher 9-for-21, HR
End of regular season
Thursday (if necessary): vs. Red Sox, 4:07, TBS. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Quote of the day
"I've had a lot of people from the start of the year hat were like, saying, 'Man, I wasn't sure how you guys were going to look this year, if it was going to be a long year.' And looked like it after the first six games. But here we are now. … It could be storybook in the end if we're able to pull it out." Ben Zobrist, on Rays potentially making the playoffs after an 0-6 start.
Fan of the day
Vice President Joe Biden is rooting, even praying for the Red Sox to beat out the Rays for the AL wild-card spot, and for an interesting reason. His lead Secret Service agent is from Boston, and Biden doesn't want him, um, distracted. Before Biden's plane landed Tuesday in Boston, "I said everyone bow their head. We're going to say a prayer that Boston wins the wild-card spot. … I'm worried if in fact they don't, he's going to be so d--- miserable he will not jump in front of a bullet."