Game 16: Yankees at Rays

Greetings From St PetersburgThe Yankees have returned to Florida, arriving here in St. Petersburg to open a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Tonight’s pitching matchup is a meeting between former Cy Young Award winners that we are seeing for the 10th time, as CC Sabathia and David Price are going head to head.

The numbers aren’t pretty for those previous nine meetings. The Rays have won eight of those games, and Price is 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA in those contests. It may go beyond just Price; since signing with the Yankees as a free agent before the 2009 season, Sabathia has won just four of his 23 starts against Tampa Bay.

“They’re a pretty talented group, No. 1,” manager Joe Girardi said. “When you look at what CC has done in his career, you don’t expect him to have really bad numbers against anyone because he’s been such a successful pitcher. They’ve been tough on him.”

Some quick hits to get you up to speed on…

  • Scott Sizemore is making his first career appearance at first base tonight; he has not played the position at any level, though they had been having him take ground balls at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Joe Girardi wants to get as many right-handed bats in the lineup as possible against Price. Sizemore is borrowing Kelly Johnson’s glove tonight.

  • David Robertson threw a bullpen session on Thursday at Tropicana Field and remains on track to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday against the Red Sox in Boston, the first day that he would be eligible.

  • Mark Teixeira played three innings in a Minor League game on Thursday at the team’s complex in Tampa, Fla., and is expected to be ready to appear in the big league lineup on Sunday against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Teixeira, Robertson and Brendan Ryan will all play in Minor League games on Saturday.

  • Girardi said that he still needs to keep an eye on shortstop Derek Jeter, who returned to the lineup on Wednesday and went 1-for-5 after resting a tight right quadriceps.

    Here are tonight’s lineups:

    YANKEES (9-6)

    Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    Derek Jeter SS
    Carlos Beltran RF
    Alfonso Soriano DH
    Brian McCann C
    Yangervis Solarte 3B
    Scott Sizemore 1B
    Brian Roberts 2B
    Ichiro Suzuki LF

    CC Sabathia LHP (1-2, 6.63)

    RAYS (7-8)

    Ben Zobrist 2B
    Desmond Jennings DH
    Logan Forsythe LF
    Evan Longoria 3B
    Wil Myers RF
    Sean Rodriguez 1B
    Brandon Guyer CF
    Yunel Escobar SS
    Jose Molina C

    David Price LHP (2-0, 2.91)


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    Note the lineup for the Yanks. Until very recently Ichiro was sort of written off, considered expendable and not viable for a trade option. Now he is in there almost every day and contributing. Hopefully they will give him rest and not over use him as last year when he faded down the stretch. They need to keep him fresh and not just worry about Jeter and Texeira. It’s a long season and if used properly Ichiro will be a major contirbutor.


    a few years ago CC was the ace of the rotation and you could almost guarantee a win with him pitching. Not anymore. And against the Rays and Price his record is pretty dismal. Hopefully he has a good game tonight in spite of the curse. Yanks need to keep winning series and bury teams like the Rays as early in the season as possible. They swept the Cubs but the Cubs are not the Rays.


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