Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (5-3, 3.46).
Pitching: LHP David Price (1-0, 3.00).
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won six of eight, seven of 10 and 17 of 22. They are in a dead heat with Boston for first place in the division.
ABOUT THE RAYS: Tampa is four games back and at .500 despite a +48 run differential. The Rays have won three straight. The Yankees are 2-3 against the Rays this team. The Yankees are 0-2 against the Rays at home, losing twice in April.
TEX’S MESSAGE: Mark Teixeira is 34 of 84 with 19 runs scored, 10 doubles, nine homers and 30 RBI over the last 21 game.
THAT’S CC AS IN CLEARLY CRUISING: Sabathia is 4-0, 2.08 in his last five starts. He has allowed only 26 hits in his last 39 innings while striking out 32.
PRICE IS RIGHT: The 23-year-old has a 2.35 ERA in 23 major league innings and had fanned 29. This cat is the Real Deal. He has velocity, command, versatility and thinks the game through. Price had a pedestrian 3.97 ERA in Triple-A Durham over eight starts, probably because he was bored. He has fanned 17 in nine innings in the majors this season. The Yankees have a little experience against him.
DESPERATE HOUSE-RAYS: Man, that was corny. Anyway, the Rays are without Evan Longoria, who has a hamstring issue.
WEATHER REPORT: We know, it’s raining. The tarp is on the field. If and when a decision is announced, we will post it. With the Rays a little beat up, the Yankees will want to play. The teams do have a mutual day off Sept. 10, which could coincide with Tampa’s next trip to New York. But the Yankees already have filled one day off in September.
Here’s hoping they play. CC-Price is a great matchup and Tampa is a fun team to watch. Upton and Crawford are two of my favorite players. We shall see what happens.
Stay tuned. Back with more later.