What's new: The Yankees are battered and bruised, with CF Curtis Granderson, DH Nick Johnson and RHP Alfredo Aceves all on the DL, but they keep winning. 2B Robinson Cano and OF Brett Gardner have been key contributors and OF Marcus Thames more help than expected, and 1B Mark Teixeira is heating up after a frigid April. And, of course, they still have a pretty solid pitching staff and those Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez guys.
Key stat: The Yankees have the best home record in the majors this season at 13-4, and since the 2009 All-Star break are 44-12 in regular-season play, 51-13 including postseason.
Connections: Yanks OF Randy Winn and pitching coach Dave Eiland are former Rays; Rays reliever Randy Choate and coaches Bobby Ramos and Don Zimmer used to wear pinstripes.
Series history: Yanks lead 2-1 this season, 135-70 overall, 71-29 in New York (6-3 at new Yankee Stadium).
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer