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.

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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?????

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Will Jeter be in the dugout?

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