Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Hideki Matsui's number a tribute; Matt Joyce has great time in MLB Fan Cave

Rays at Yankees

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

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

Probable pitchers

Rays:

RH Alex Cobb (2-1, 3.71)

Yankees:

RH Ivan Nova (6-2, 5.60)

On Cobb: He is 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in five career starts on the road. He has faced the Yankees once, allowing one earned run over six innings July 18, 2011.

On Nova: He has won his past two starts but has allowed at least five earned runs in three of his past four. He's 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA in five career starts against Tampa Bay.

Yankees vs. Cobb

Nick Swisher 1-for-3

Curtis Granderson 1-for-2

Derek Jeter 0-for-3

Rays vs. Nova

Ben Zobrist 2-for-10

B.J. Upton 2-for-13

Matt Joyce 1-for-13

On deck

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (7-3, 2.44); Yankees — CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.68)

Friday: at Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.69); Marlins — TBA

Saturday: at Marlins, 7:15, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (2-5, 4.45); Marlins — TBA

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

1B/OF Brandon Allen, right quad strain, May 25

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day, June 5

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, June 5

OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder strain, 60-day, July 13

INF Jeff Keppinger, right toe fracture, 15-day, June 3

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

Meaning to Matsui

DH/OF Hideki Matsui said his new number, No. 35, has a special meaning. He said the "3" was a tribute to his mentor and former manager with the Yomiuri Giants, Nagashima, who wore No. 3. He said No. 35 is a nod to RHP Mike Mussina, his former Yankees teammate who won 20 in his final season (2008). Said Matsui: "Hopefully I can end my career with the kind of numbers and the kind of performance as Mussina."

Number of the day

17

Wins by Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte against the Rays, most among active pitchers.

Bet of the day

OF Matt Joyce said he had a blast at the MLB Fan Cave Tuesday, honored to join Yankees CF Curtis Granderson and 2B Robinson Cano and Dodgers OF Matt Kemp at a media event for All-Star Game balloting. Joyce suggested to Granderson they race stock cars, and if he won he'd take the All-Star starting spot. "I think he beat me," Joyce said, laughing. "We raced around a couple times, my car went too fast and fell off the corners. But we had fun with it."

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