Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Maddon eyes another chance at Orioles, one-run wonders, Price battles Sabathia again

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore81 62 .566—

New York 81 62 .566—

Tampa Bay 77 66 .538 4

Toronto 65 77 .458 151/2

Boston 64 80 .444171/2

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 82 61 .573—

N.Y./Balt. 81 62 .566—

Los Angeles 78 66 .542 31/2

Tampa Bay 77 66 .538 4

Detroit 75 67 .528 51/2

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

Quote of the day

"We play them three more times at the end of the year, so this can be re-had in a sense."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on being swept by the Orioles

Rays at Yankees

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

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (17-5, 2.54)

Yankees: LH C.C. Sabathia (13-5, 3.56)

On Price: The AL co-leader leader in wins is said to be fine after skipping his last start due to shoulder soreness. His command seemed a bit off in his previous two games. He is 6-3 with a 3.85 ERA in 16 games against the Yankees, allowing a .228 average.

On Sabathia: He is winless over his last three outings, with a 4.43 ERA, allowing 25 hits (including five homers) in 20⅓ innings. He is 3-7 with a 3.57 ERA in 17 starts vs. the Rays since joining the Yanks in 2009. He was 7-1, 2.44 in 11 starts against the Rays as an Indian.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Sabathia

Evan Longoria 13-for-33, 5 HR

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

Ben Zobrist 11-for-51, HR

Yankees vs. Price

Robinson Cano 11-for-44, HR

Derek Jeter 14-for-48, 2 HR

Nick Swisher 12-for-32, HR

On deck

Saturday: at Yankees, 4:05, Ch. 13. Rays — James Shields (14-8, 3.71); Yankees — Ivan Nova (11-7, 4.92)

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-9, 3.66); Yankees — Hiroki Kuroda (13-10, 3.14)

Monday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Records of the day

20-26, 27-7

Rays and Orioles in one-run games this season.

Comments
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