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Rays: April powers; Souza's long distance

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Nathan Karns #51 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo on photo day at Charlotte Sports Park on February 27, 2015 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Nathan Karns #51 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo on photo day at Charlotte Sports Park on February 27, 2015 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Published Apr. 17, 2015

April powers

Wednesday night was historic, according to Elias, the only time in major-league history four rookies hit home runs in an April game — Mikie Mahtook and Steven Souza Jr. for the Rays, Dalton Pompey and Devon Travis for the Jays. Had Tim Beckham not been robbed of a homer on a spectacular leaping catch by LF Kevin Pillar, it would have been the first time in big-league history that five rookies went deep.

Yankee doodles

The Rays have not lost a season series to the Yankees since 2009, going 52-40 since. … They are the first team since the 1973-75 Red Sox to win at least 10 games in three seasons vs. the Yankees. … 3B Evan Longoria has 28 homers vs. the Yankees.

Number of the day

440 Average distance, in feet, of Steven Souza Jr.'s four big-league homers, per ESPN estimates.

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Crossbody bag for all female fans.

Probable pitchers Rays: RH Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.97) yankees: RHP Adam Warren (0-1, 1.69) On Karns: Coming off strong 7-inning Sunday game, allowing Marlins 2 runs (1 earned) and 2 hits. In last 33 starts with Durham and Rays, has allowed 5 ER or more 12 times, 1 or fewer 14. Has never faced Yankees.

On Warren: Makes fifth career start, having pitched well (2 R, 51/3 IP) in a Saturday loss to Boston. Has made 10 relief appearances vs. Rays, going 0-1, 3.06, his last six scoreless.

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