American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 19th
(All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (10-7) at Tampa Bay Rays (8-9), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94)
Tampa Bay - Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays' bats awoke from their slumber on
Now, they'll try to make it two wins in a row, as they continue a four-game
series versus the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field.
Tampa beat the Yanks for the ninth time in 12 tries last night, as James Loney
knocked in four runs, two of which came on a go-ahead single in the seventh
inning that propelled the Rays to an 11-5 come-from-behind victory.
Wil Myers finished 3-for-5 with three RBI to help the Rays halt a four-game
skid and avenge a 10-2 drubbing by the Yankees in Thursday's opener of this
"I like to believe this is a definite reboot kind of a game," Rays manager Joe
Tampa Bay, which had been outscored 32-7 during its four-game slide, overcame
a 4-0 deficit by scoring three times in the seventh and five more in the
Erik Bedard, taking his first turn in Tampa's injury-plagued rotation, was
tagged for four runs on six hits while lasting just 3 2/3 innings, but four
Rays relievers held the Yankees to one run the rest of the way.
Scott Sizemore delivered a three-run double and Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5
with a run scored for New York, which had a five-game win streak come to an
end. Adam Warren (0-1) took the loss after surrendering three runs in one
inning of relief.
New York may have a difficult time finding the win column on Saturday, as the
Yankees will be going up against impressive right-hander Chris Archer, who
dominated them last season, going 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts against
the Yanks last season.
Archer, though, is coming off an awful showing his last time out on Monday in
Baltimore, as he was rocked for seven runs and 12 hits in just five innings,
dropping him to 1-1 on the year, while raising his ERA over three runs to
"I actually felt good about how my stuff was," Archer said. "This was just a
good lineup, and I made too many mistakes over the plate."
New York, meanwhile, will counter with righty Ivan Nova, who is 2-1 with a
5.94 ERA. Nova bounced back from a horrific showing against Baltimore to beat
Boston on Sunday, as he allowed a pair of runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 frames.
The O's had battered him to the tune of seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3
innings in his previous start.
"I worked a little bit down in the zone a little bit more," Nova said. "I said
the other day, I threw more strikes than ever up in the zone, and I just
wanted to get the ball down."
Nova has faced the Rays 13 times (12 starts) and is 6-4 against them with a
Tampa was 12-7 against the Yanks last season, shutting them out four times.
04/19 10:25:15 ET