Thursday, February 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields knows not to take Derek Jeter lightly; players taking advantage of rare off day

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Probable pitchers

Rays:

RH James Shields (5-0, 3.05)

Yankees:

RH Ivan Nova (3-1, 5.58)

On Shields: He's tied for the major-league lead with five wins and has won his past six decisions, which matches his longest career streak. He's 5-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 21 career starts against the Yankees.

On Nova: He has struggled recently, allowing at least five earned runs in each of his past two starts. He is 2-0 with a 3.47 ERA in four career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Nova

Matt Joyce 1-for-10

B.J. Upton 2-for-10

Carlos Peña 1-for-3, HR

Yankees vs. Shields

R. Cano 24-for-60, 4 HRs

M. Teixeira 6-for-32, 3 HRs

A. Rodriguez 13-for-41, 3 HRs

On deck

Wednesday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports/ESPN. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-3, 4.05); Yankees — David Phelps (0-1, 3.74)

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (5-1, 2.35); Yankees — CC Sabathia (4-0, 4.15)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day

C Jose Lobaton, right, shoulder soreness, 15-day

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

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"He's a future Hall of Famer. No matter how many years he's been in this game, he's always going to hit. That's one thing he's done in his entire career, so you definitely can't take him lightly."

RHP James Shields on Yankees SS Derek Jeter, who is hitting a major-league best .397.

Plans of the day

With Monday the Rays' lone off day in a 30-day stretch (April 24 to May 23), several planned to rest before an early evening flight to New York. "Just relax," SS Sean Rodriguez said. "Go to my favorite vacation spot — my couch."

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