Game 28: Yankees vs. Rays

The Yankees will open a three-game series against the Rays tonight, looking to snap a two-game skid after being swept in a weather-abbreviated two-game set by the Mariners. The Yanks are 2-2 against Tampa Bay so far this year, having split a four-game set at Tropicana Field back on April 17-20. New York is 13-20 in its last 33 games against Joe Maddon’s club.

Joe Girardi is managing his 1,000th game as Yankees manager tonight, handing the ball to left-hander Vidal Nuno, who is making his third start (sixth appearance) of the season. Nuno has a 1.64 ERA in two career starts vs. Tampa Bay. The Rays have left-hander David Price on the mound; New York defeated Price on April 17 in St. Petersburg, pounding him for six runs in five innings, but Price is 9-5 with a 3.90 ERA in 22 career games against the Yanks.

The game will be televised on the YES Network and the MLB Network, and can be heard on WFAN.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

RAYS (13-16)

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

David Price LHP (3-2, 4.75)

YANKEES (15-12)

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Brian McCann DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Yangervis Solarte 3B
John Ryan Murphy C

LHP Vidal Nuno (0-0, 6.59)


Quickly growing tired of CC Sabathia’s act. The guy is a marginal pitcher and I don’t see this getting much better.


another series lost. One night 9 runs, another day 1 run. What an inconsistent offense. Aceves was great. Maybe he should be starting for CC or Kuroda. How can you give up an inside the park home run and allow 3 runs to score. I didn’t see it on TV or MLB but it sounds like Beltran was slow getting to the ball. Yankees can only hope the O’s lose too but now they face the Angels with some big time hitters.


it seems that the only reliable pitcher we have in the starting rotation is Tanaka. With Pineda out under suspension and injury and nova out for the rest of the year Tanaka becomes the ace but behind him are all question marks who can give you a great start one game and a lousy one the next. CC isn’t proving he’s the ace on this team any longer. He should be #4 or 5. He would be if they weren’t paying him so much money on a long term contract. The Yankees aren’t scoring many runs generally so if you give up 5 runs in the first 4 innings it’s going to be tough for the team to come back. And if we keep losing series especially to the Eastern Division teams some team will pass us pretty quickly like the O’s did this week.


Where was Beltran on that “inside the park HR”? This is not the first time he was dogging it in the field. That is not acceptable.


stupid friggin team. Bases loaded and only1 out and McCann strikes out and Soriano hits a weak grounder and they throw away at least 2 runs if one of them could have hit a single. Bringing the guys in who are on base is the name of the game. Yankees couldn’t do it last year and lately they’re back to their old habits. Can’t afford to lose 4 games in a row. They’ve been in first place most of this season and now the Orioles have gone ahead a half game. If the Yankees lose this series or are swept they could have 2 teams ahead of them. Most of the problem is the damn offense. You gotta score more than 3 runs to win most games


down to your last pitcher in the pen in the 14th and unfortunately it’s Leroux who can’t pitch and gets knocked around and Yankees lose the game. Yankees with runners on 2nd and 3rd in extra innings with only 1 out and can’t get a run in, can’t even get a fly ball into the outfield to bring the runner home from 3rd. Terrible clutch hitting. Rays know how to do it and showed it in the 14th. Leroux shouldn’t be in the pen given his performance tonight. Now 3 losses in a row and the Rays have had 3 wins in a row. All that time and energy wasted and now the Yankees have to play another game this afternoon. The only positive is that Tanaka is pitching.


we need to trade for an experienced and a younger and quicker 2nd baseman to replace Roberts. Roberts good in his day but aging and injury prone and not getting it done at the plate. Roberts not really an adequate replacement for Cano. It’s the one weak position the Yankees didn’t shore up in the off season. You can’t go the whole season with a Roberts. He’s a back up only.


Rays coasting along here. Price into the 7th so Yankees only have 2 shots at the Ray’s pen if they hope to win this game. Yankee offense has really been weak over the past few games. What the hell is going on? Can’t seem to put together a couple of offensive innings. Can’t get more than 1 or 2 or 3 runs a game. It’s not enough. It wasn’t enough against a poor team like Seattle and certainly not enough against a strong offensive team like the Rays. This first place could evaporate pretty quickly if the Yankees don’t get their act together. The pitchers haven’t been great but they need run support. the team we saw in the first 25 games not the team we’re seeing now.


damn lights. Ellsbury got burned but Nuno didn’t pitch a great inning. And Yankee hitters coming up empty again except for McCann’s home run. But 2 runs ain’t going to do it against this team. David Price is tough. Hopefully they’ll get him out by the 6th and start hitting their bull pen. Yankees can’t afford to lose 3 in a row.


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