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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Pitcher Matt Moore joins Twitter; Rays in one-run games

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore81 63 .563—

New York 81 63 .563—

Tampa Bay 78 66 .542 3

Toronto 65 78 .455 151/2

Boston 65 80 .448161/2

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 83 61 .576—

N.Y./Balt. 81 63 .563—

Los Angeles 79 66 .545 21/2

Tampa Bay 78 66 .542 3

Detroit 76 67 .531 41/2

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

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 4:05 today; Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (14-8, 3.71)

Yankees: RH Ivan Nova (11-7, 4.92)

On Shields: He is coming off a two-hit shutout of Texas and is 6-1 with a 1.90 ERA in his past eight starts. In 25 career starts against the Yankees, he is 7-13, 4.52, though 2-8, 5.28 in 11 in New York and 0-5 in his past six.

On Nova: He is making his first start since Aug. 21 after a DL stint (right shoulder inflammation). He is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA in seven starts against the Rays, with the four wins and a 1.85 ERA over his past five.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Nova

Evan Longoria 2-for-12

B.J. Upton 4-for-20

Ben Zobrist 2-for-15

Yankees vs. Shields

Robinson Cano 29-for-68, 4 HR

Derek Jeter 24-for-79, HR

Alex Rodriguez 13-for-48, 3 HR

On deck

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

Stat of the day

46

One-run games played by the Rays, second most in the American League

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Pitcher Matt Moore joins Twitter; Rays in one-run games 09/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:59am]
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