New York Yankees (11-8) at Tampa Bay Rays (9-11), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Andy Pettitte (3-0, 2.01)
Tampa Bay - Alex Cobb (2-1, 2.53)
(Sports Network) - With a 10-game homestand just around the corner, the New
York Yankees try to finish off their three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays
on a positive note Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
With an injury list that looks more and more like an outdated All-Star game
roster, the Yankees managed to snap a two-game slide on Tuesday, but needed
some late-game heroics by Ichiro Suzuki to pull it off. Ichiro, who finished
the outing with a pair of hits, singled to center in the top of the ninth to
score both Robinson Cano and Travis Hafner, just enough to get the team over
the top in a 4-3 victory.
The Yankees, who are tops in the American League in home runs with 28 and have
the best slugging percentage (.442), totaled nine hits on Tuesday but all of
them were singles.
Phil Hughes made the start for New York, giving up two runs on six hits and a
pair of walks, while fanning six over seven innings, but it was David
Robertson who picked up the win. Mariano Rivera stepped up in the ninth to
register his sixth save of the campaign, although he did allow a home run to
Aside from Longoria, who now has five home runs this season, Desmond Jennings
and Matt Joyce also scored in the setback as the Rays had a four-game win
David Price made it through eight innings, permitting three runs on eight
hits, but again failed to register his first win of the season even though he
threw better than 70 percent of his pitches for strikes. Price has now made
five starts on the season, all of which have ended in defeat for the Rays.
"We're still 0-5 when I pitch," Price noted. "I don't feel better."
Now in his 18th major league campaign, Andy Pettitte is set to take the hill
for the Yankees in Florida. Off to a 3-0 start, the Louisiana native logged 7
1/3 innings in his last outing on Friday at Toronto, giving up three runs on
six hits, striking out five in what turned into a 9-4 victory for the
The left-hander has a career mark of 17-6 against the Rays in 32 appearances,
sporting a 3.95 ERA while allowing Tampa Bay batters to hit .282 against him.
Countering for the Rays is Alex Cobb, fresh off his second win of the campaign
on Friday versus Oakland. Against the A's, the right-hander was knocked around
for 10 hits through 7 1/3 innings, but surrendered just three runs and struck
out three in the 8-3 triumph.
Cobb owns a 1-1 record with a 3.15 ERA all-time versus the Yankees in three
Playing third on Tuesday for the Yankees was Jayson Nix, assuming the spot
generally reserved for Kevin Youkilis. Nix ended with a pair of hits for the
second time in the least three outings. Youkilis is now out with tightness in
his lower back, joining fellow infielders Mark Teixeira (strained right
wrist), Derek Jeter (left ankle inflammation) and Alex Rodriguez (left hip
surgery) on the inactive list for the time being.
Despite the laundry list of injuries, the Yankees are still 6-4 on the road
this season and just 1 1/2 games out of first in the AL East. The Rays, 7-4 in
their own stadium, are four games behind in the standings.