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Tampa Bay Rays: Derek Jeter tribute quotes of the day

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight, Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Starting pitchers

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.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Colon

Johnny Damon20-for-54, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria1-for-3

B.J. Upton2-for-11

Yankees vs. Niemann

Curtis Granderson1-for-10

Derek Jeter5-for-9

Mark Teixeira2-for-11, HR

On deck

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

Tampa Bay Rays: Derek Jeter tribute quotes of the day 07/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:14pm]
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