Quote of the day
"They said I wasn't pregnant. … I'm like, 'Oh, thank God.' "
LHP David Price, on results of the voluminous tests done Sunday at a Boston hospital.
Movie moment of the day
DH Johnny Damon is referenced, though not portrayed, in the new movie, Moneyball. Asked whom he'd want to play him, Damon said: "Who's the best-looking guy in Hollywood?" Then, "You know what, I'd probably have Nick Swisher play me. He'd line up."
Fandom of the day
RHP James Shields revealed himself as a major Rams fan, going to the Monday night game vs. the Giants and looking to add a Cadillac Williams (No. 33) jersey to the five he has.
Rays at Yankees
When/where: 1:05 and 7:05 today; Yankee Stadium, New York
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Starting pitchers, Game 1
Rays: RH James Shields (15-11, 2.78)
YANKEES: RH Phil Hughes (5-5, 6.00)
Starting pitchers, Game 2
Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.91)
YANKEES: LH CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.01
Watch for …
Stepping up: Shields had won four straight before losing Friday night at Boston. He is 1-2 in three starts vs. the Yankees this season despite a 1.59 ERA; 4-10, 4.35 overall. Hellickson wasn't sharp but won at Boston on Thursday. He is 2-1, 4.80 against the Yanks, including a rough Aug. 13 outing in N.Y.
Seeking something: Hughes, in the midst of an erratic season, is 4-3, 4.28 against the Rays, including an Aug. 13 win. Sabathia is making his third attempt for his 20th win. He is 9-7, 3.13 vs. the Rays, though 2-4, 3.02 the past two seasons, including an Aug. 12 start when he allowed five homers.
Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (11-7, 3.95); Yankees — Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81)
Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.36); Jays — Brandon Morrow (10-11, 4.98)
Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Jays — Ricky Romero (15-10, 3.02)