Today through Monday
What's new: The first-place Yankees (32-22), with Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada back in the lineup, are one of the hottest teams in the majors, having won 17 of their past 22. They're the second-highest scoring team in baseball (behind the Rays), and boast the second most homers (84). SS Derek Jeter, who recently snapped a 16-game hitting streak, 1B Mark Teixeira, and 2B Robinson Cano have been in a groove.
Key stat: There has been a home run in all 26 games at the new Yankee Stadium. Entering Thursday, the 91 homers at Yankee Stadium was the second-highest total for a new major-league venue in its first 25 games (Enron Field in 2000 had 95 HRs).
Connections: Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland is a Zephyrhills High and USF product. Rays C Dioner Navarro and bullpen C Bobby Ramos were Yankees players, senior adviser Don Zimmer a coach.
Series history: The Rays won both games in Yankee Stadium this year, leading the season series 3-2. But the Rays' overall record of 65-124 against the Yankees is their second worst against an AL team. They're 28-65 in New York.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer