Rays at Yankees
When/where: 7:05 tonight, Yankee Stadium, New York
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: RH Jeff Niemann (3-4, 5.05)
Yankees: RH Bartolo Colon (6-3, 2.88)
Watch for …
Big Jeff: Niemann has had two solid starts and one bad one since returning from the DL after missing six weeks with a back strain. He beat St. Louis his last time out. He is 2-0, 3.74 in four starts against the Yankees.
Big Bart: Colon, 38, has been a hefty part of the Yankees' success in his first big-league action since July 2009. He is 9-2, 3.63 in 18 games against the Rays, only one since July 2007.
Rays vs. Colon
Johnny Damon20-for-54, 2 HRs
Yankees vs. Niemann
Mark Teixeira2-for-11, HR
Friday: at Yankees, 7:05. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21); Yankees — Freddie Garcia (7-6, 3.13)
Derek Jeter tribute quotes of the day
"Here's a guy that's going to be the only Yankee with 3,000 hits. It couldn't happen to a better guy."
Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer, a longtime Yankees coach and Jeter admirer
"He's been a tremendous player for a long time. He's a great teammate, and he's a great champion."
Rays DH Johnny Damon, a former Yankees player
Derek Jeter reality quote of the day
"I hope we beat their (butt) four in a row and … he gets his 3,000th hit."
Zimmer, who will be in New York for the series