Game 144: Yankees vs. Rays
A huge showdown begins tonight in the Bronx, as the Yankees come home for their last extended homestand of the season. The Yankees need CC Sabathia to return to form and start logging some dominant outings, and the Rays look to David Price to halt the tough skid they fell into during their visit to Baltimore.
Here’s how Yankees manager Joe Girardi analyzes Sabathia’s recent performance:
“To me, the thing that he’s lacked the most consistency is in the sinker and his outstanding changeup.He’s still pitching at a pretty high level, but just not what we’re used to seeing from him. If those things are consistent, he doesn’t have to throw 97-98 [mph] and he’ll still get a ton of people out. That’s what he pitches at most of the time, anyway; 92 to 94 [mph].”
The Yankees have won their last two games and are trying to string together three straight victories for the first time since that Aug. 13-15 sweep of the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
NEW YORK YANKEES (81-62) vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS (77-66)
LHP CC Sabathia (13-5, 3.56) vs. LHP David Price (17-5, 2.54)
Friday, September 14 • 7:05 p.m. et • Yankee Stadium
Game #144 / Home Game #70 • TV: yes / mlb net. • Radio: wcbs (eng.)/wado(span.)
Highlighted information from the Yankees’ media relations department:
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Yankee Stadium… begins a nine-game homestand – which matches their longest of the season – also facing Toronto (Tue.-Thur.) and Oakland (9/21-23)… just completed a 10-game, 11-day road trip (matching their longest of the season), going 5-5 at Tampa Bay (1-2), Baltimore (2-2) and Boston (2-1)… are 19 games over .500, four shy of their season high.
ð Are in a stretch of 22 straight games vs. the AL East from 8/27-9/20 (7-9 thus far).
ð Have won three of their last four games and five of their last eight games… however, have dropped eight of their last 14 and 13 of their last 22 since 8/20.
ð Following this series, have Monday off – their final off day this season – before finishing the season with 16 consecutive days with games scheduled.
FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 28-18 (.609) in series openers in 2012… have lost six of their last seven, including each of their last five.
BLANKETY BLANK: The Yankees recorded their ninth shutout of the season last night at Boston, 2-0… marked their third shutout on the road this year… was their first shutout against Boston since 9/26/09 (3-0 at Yankee Stadium) and their first at Fenway Park since 7/25/08 (1-0)… marks the team’s most shutouts in a season since 2008 (11).