Rays at Yankees
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH Wade Davis (10-9, 4.41)
RH Ivan Nova (15-4, 3.81)
Watch for …
Wading in: Davis has been inconsistent, following his complete-game win over Boston with a loss to Baltimore. He hasn't faced the Yankees this season and is 2-1, 3.84 in four career starts.
Super Nova: Since a rough mid-August start, Nova, a challenger to Jeremy Hellickson for rookie of the year honors, is 3-0, 2.41 over his past five. He is 1-0, 5.17 in three starts vs. the Rays.
Rays vs. Nova
Yankees vs. Davis
Robinson Cano5-for-12, HR
Alex Rodriguez4-for-12, 2 HR
Wednesday: at Yankees, 1:05 and 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-11, 2.78) and Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.91); Yankees — CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.01) and Phil Hughes (5-5, 6.00)
Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (11-7, 3.95); Yankees — Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81)
1970s TV reference of the day
Joe Maddon was talking after the Boston series about how the Rays' playoff possibilities had become more viable: "You can see the light at the end of the tunnel is absolutely there," he said. "And it's not attached to the head of an incoming train. That's from The Rockford Files, I believe."
History in making?
No team has made the postseason when trailing by nine or more games in September. Only four teams, all NL, have made it when at least four games out with 12 or less to play, as the Rays were:
'51 Giants 6, with 12 left
'62 Giants 4, with 7
'64 Cards 61/2, with 12
'07 Rockies 41/2, with 11
Red Sox fans are in an unusual position for at least three days: pulling for the Yankees. "They're going to have to if they want a chance at the postseason," said ex-Red Sox and Yankee Johnny Damon. "They do have to root for the Yankees; you can't say that too often."