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Tampa Bay Rays: Fans of former Expos cheer Tom Foley, Dave Martinez; Evan Longoria narrowly avoids another injury

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Zim Bear to first 10,000 fans (gates open at 11:40 a.m.)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (12-8, 3.91)

YANKEES: LH CC Sabathia (13-4, 3.40)

On Shields: Hard-luck loser at Texas on Tuesday, allowing one run in seven innings; 4-1, 2.01 over past six starts. Is 6-13, 4.58 in 24 starts vs. Yankees, including 4-1, 2.94 over his past seven at the Trop.

On Sabathia: Is 1-1, 1.88 in two starts since latest DL stint. Has won only three of 16 starts vs. Rays since joining Yankees in 2009 (3-7, 3.56). Was 7-1, 2.44 in 11 starts vs. Rays as an Indian.

Key matchups

Rays VS. SABATHIA

Jeff Keppinger 9-for-21

Evan Longoria 13-for-33, 5 HRs

B.J. Upton 14-for-51, 2 HRs

yankees vs. shields

Robinson Cano 29-for-68, 4 HRs

Derek Jeter 24-for-79, HR

Nick Swisher 8-for-41, 3 HRs

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Stat of the day

8

Majors-leading assists from centerfield by B.J. Upton

Oh, Canada

Two sections of the Rogers Centre were filled with Expos fans — part of a group called ExposNation, which hopes to bring baseball back to Montreal — and they showed not only their colors but their feelings, cheering for two of their alumni, Rays coaches Tom Foley and Dave Martinez. "It was nice to see them out there," Martinez said.

Oh, my

New OF Ben Francisco introduced himself pretty well with a home run and a double Sunday. But he might not have gotten such a warm welcome if his hard foul ball in the fourth had done more than clip Evan Longoria's foot. Longoria, showing no limits from his hamstring injury, jumped nimbly out of the way. "I'm thankful it didn't hit me too hard," he said.

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 76 57 .571—

Baltimore 74 59 .556 2

Tampa Bay 73 61 .545 31/2

Boston 62 73 .459 15

Toronto 60 73 .451 16

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 76 57 .571—

Baltimore 74 59 .556—

Tampa Bay 73 61 .545 11/2

Detroit 72 61 .541 2

Chicago 72 61 .541 2

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Tampa Bay Rays: Fans of former Expos cheer Tom Foley, Dave Martinez; Evan Longoria narrowly avoids another injury 09/02/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 2, 2012 11:56pm]
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