Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Sam Fuld gets to hold Babe Ruth's bat; Tampa Bay, New York teams to face off in different sports on same day

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 1:05; Yankee Stadium

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (10-9, 3.66)

Yankees: RH Hiroki Kuroda (13-10, 3.17)

On Moore: Coming off a rough four-inning start in Baltimore. Has lost his past three with a 4.41 ERA along the way, working only 16⅓ innings. Is 2-1, 3.44 in three starts vs. Yankees, losing to Kuroda on Sept. 5.

On Kuroda: Has been pitching well after a shaky start, 10-4, 2.66 over his past 20 games. Former Dodger is 1-1, 6.17, in two starts vs. Rays, both coming this season.

Rays vs. Kuroda

Jeff Keppinger 4-for-18

Carlos Peña 2-for-5

Luke Scott 3-for-3

Yankees vs. Moore

Robinson Cano 2-for-3

Derek Jeter 1-for-6

Ichiro Suzuki 2-for-7

On deck

Monday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (9-8, 4.26); Red Sox — Aaron Cook (3-10, 5.18)

Tuesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.22); Red Sox — Felix Doubront (10-9, 5.11)

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5, 7.14)

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.33)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay-New York, New York

As the Rays are wrapping up their series at Yankee Stadium this afternoon, the Bucs will be playing the Giants at MetLife Stadium, about 12 miles away in East Rutherford, N.J. It's the first time the Rays and Bucs have played on the road in the same market.

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 82 63 .566—

Baltimore81 64.5591

Tampa Bay 78 67 .538 4

Boston 66 80 .452 16½

Toronto 65 79.45116½

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 8461 .579—

Baltimore 81 64.559—

Los Angeles 79 67 .541 21/2

Tampa Bay 78 67 .538 3

Detroit 77 67 .535 31/2

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

Big swinger

OF Sam Fuld, below, visited Saturday with his cousin Jonathan, an art and sports memorabilia dealer in New York, which is how Sam ended up holding one of Babe Ruth's bats, possibly the one Ruth used to hit his first homer as a Yankee. The club was 36 inches long and weighed about 40 ounces and was so thick, Fuld had trouble gripping it. "I could hit with it," he said, "but not very well."

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