Game 56: Yankees vs. Rays

June 7, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM

RAYS (31-25)
Elliot Johnson SS
Ben Zobrist DH
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Sean Rodriguez 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Matt Joyce RF
Drew Sutton 2B

David Price LHP (7-3, 2.44)

YANKEES (31-24)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C

CC Sabathia LHP (7-2, 3.68)

WEATHER: It poured at the end of batting practice, bringing the tarp on the field, but it appears to have subsided. We’ve got temperatures in the high 60s and, as I type this, a rainbow over the stadium.

UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Doug Eddings, 2B Dana DeMuth, 3B Alan Porter.

Information from the Yankees’ media relations department:

SWEEPING SENSATION: The Yankees tonight are looking to complete their fourth series sweep of the season, third of at least three games (also 5/25-27 at Oakland and 4/9-11 at Baltimore) and first at home this season.

START ME UP: Yankees starters over their last full turn of the rotation since 6/1 (five combined starts from Sabathia, Kuroda, Hughes, Pettitte and Nova) have gone 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA (38.1IP, 25H, 7ER, 9BB, 32K, 3HR) and a .191 (25-for-131) opponent’s average… have tossed at least 7.0 innings in each start over the span, their longest such stretch in over a year (since 5/2-6/11)… the Yankees have outscored their opponents 28-10 over the stretch.

DOWN THE STRETCH: Beginning with this series vs. Tampa Bay, the Yankees will play a stretch of 37 consecutive games against teams currently at or above .500 from 6/5-7/18.

WRAPPING UP: The Yankees are 11-7 in series finales this season… have won their last four finales… are 5-3 in finales at home.

FOUR DOWN: The Yankees have held their opponent to 4H in each of their last three games (Sun. at Detroit, Tue. and Wed. vs. Tampa Bay), marking the first time they have surrendered 4H or fewer in three consecutive games since 6/6-9/98… have done so in four straight games just once in the Live Ball Era–5/21-25/47.

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