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PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Pitcher Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait at Charlotte Sports Park during photo day on February 26, 2014 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Pitcher Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait at Charlotte Sports Park during photo day on February 26, 2014 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Published May 12, 2015

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM,

Tickets: $19-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Chris Archer (3-4, 2.59)

YANKEES: RH Nathan Eovaldi (3-0, 3.97)

On Archer: Coming off season-worst start vs. Texas, allowing 5 runs in just 31/3 innings. Is 0-2, 8.68 in two May starts after 3-2, 0.84 April. Is 5-0, 1.93 in 6 starts vs. Yankees, 2-0, 1.98 in 2 at Trop.

On Eovaldi: Former Marlin has won two straight and has allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in five of six starts. Hard thrower, clocking 97-98 mph, often around the plate. First start against the Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. EOVALDI

Asdrubal Cabrera 0-for-6

Logan Forsythe 0-for-3

YANKEES VS. ARCHER

Jacoby Ellsbury 10-for-15, HR

Brett Gardner 5-for-15

Alex Rodriguez 0-for-3

Mark Teixeira 1-for-6

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Rays — RH Nathan Karns (2-1, 3.79); Yankees — RH Adam Warren (2-1, 4.65)

Thursday: vs. Yankees, 7:10. Rays — TBA; Yankees — RH Chase Whitley (1-0, 0.75)

Friday: at Twins, 8:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 2.09); Twins — RH Phil Hughes (2-4, 5.11)

Saturday: at Twins, 2:10. Rays — RH Alex Colome (2-0, 1.80); Twins — RH Trevor May (2-3, 5.40)

Sunday: at Twins, 2:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-4, 2.59); Twins — RH Kyle Gibson (3-2, 2.97)

Monday: Off

For starters

Despite using eight different pitchers (including four rookies) and seeing five on the DL, Rays starters went into play Monday leading the American League with a 3.32 ERA and .213 opponents' average.

Numbers of the day

38 Players used by the Rays (including 20 pitchers), most in the majors; Blue Jays next at 37

13 Rookies used by the Rays, most in the majors; Rangers and A's next at 10

15 Moves to the DL by the Rays; most in the majors; Rangers next at 12

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer