Yankees and Rays meet at Tropicana Field

Hello from inside the dome at Tropicana Field, where the Yankees and Rays will open a three-game series tonight. We’ll have updates from the clubhouse later this evening, including a check on if Kevin Youkilis will be in New York’s lineup after taking Sunday off on the turf up in Toronto due to back stiffness.

Update – yep, Youkilis is in:

Yankees lineup at Rays: Gardner 8 Francisco DH Cano 4 Youkilis 3 Wells 7 Cervelli 2 Boesch 9 Nunez 6 Nix 5 Sabathia LHP

Here is a selection of the information from the Yankees’ official game notes:

AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series at Tampa Bay… is the fourth game of a six-game road trip which also included a three game series at Toronto (went 2-1)… went 4-2 on their recent homestand from 4/12-18 against Baltimore (2-1) and Arizona (2-1)… following this road trip, will return home for a 10-game homestand vs. Toronto (4/25-28), Houston (4/29-5/1) and Oakland (5/3-5).
>Are 9-3 since 4/7 after starting the year with a 1-4 record… are tied for the fourth-best record in the AL.

RECENT RUN: The Yankees have gone 9-3 over their last 12 games dating to 4/7… over the stretch, Yankees batters are hitting .293 (128-for-437) with 26 doubles and 21HR (tied for MLB HR lead), outscoring their opposition 71-40… Yankees starters have posted a 2.85 ERA (79.0IP, 25ER) — fourth best in the Majors and second-best in the AL over the stretch — with 21BB, 63K and an 8-1 record.

GARDY PARTY: OF Brett Gardner has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games since 4/7… over his last 10 games since 4/9, is batting .341 (15-for-44) with 7R, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1HR, 8RBI and 4BB… has also hit safely in each of his last eight games and with a hit tonight at Tampa Bay, would tie Kevin Youkilis for the longest hitting streak by a Yankee this season (9G, 4/1-12).

COMFY CONFINES: OF Vernon Wells went 7-for-15 with 4R, 2HR and 3RBI over the three-game series at Toronto this weekend (4/19-21)… pplayed in 1,393G with Toronto from 1999-2010, batting .280 (1,529-for-5,470) with 789R, 223HR and 813RBI.

BECAUSE THE NIGHT: Yankees pitchers are 7-2 with a 2.68 ERA (84.0IP, 25ER) in nine night games this season… are 3-5 with a 5.58 ERA (71.0IP, 44ER) in eight day games in 2013.


robert G. I have a gut feeling Francisco will be gone once Granderson and/or Tex returns. Matt Moore looked like Cy Young tonight against this lineup. Taking Youkilis out of this lineup and it’s even worse. When the HELL does the calvary arrive?????


Get this Francisco out of the lineup. He is hopeless. We didn’t sign anyone who could DH against lefties other than Francisco and this is what we’re stuck with. A big hole in the lineup. Just a wasted bat. Better to put someone in who is a left handed hitter. He couldn’t do any worse than Francisco. Why do you think the Blue Jays got rid of him?


Matt Moore is outpitching CC tonight. One hit in 6 innings? We can only hope that Moore will reach his maximum pitches after the 7th and we get 2 tries with the bull pen to pull this out. Don’t have a lot of hope.


For a team we all thought was going to end up in the basement of the East division the Red Sox so far look like a good team. When they get David Ortiz back they’ll be even stronger. They could end up being the team to beat in the East when it’s all over.


CC has put the team in a big home again giving up runs in the first inning. He does that too often forcing a rather offensively challenged team this year to dig out of a hole. Not ace-like pitching. Maybe the less velocity has something to do with hitters getting to him this year. Has his loss of weight resulted in a loss of power and velocity? CC seems to pitch better as a big man.


Francisco in the lineup again? He was terrible in the Jays series and has done nothing since he arrived. A poor pick up. When is he going to play himself out of the lineup? Soon, I hope. Yankees don’t hit well against lefties. Francisco is supposed to hit lefties but doesn’t. CC has to pitch like CC can to win this game. I don’t think the Yankees will score many runs.


Will Jeter be in the dugout?


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