American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (13-16) at New York Yankees (15-12), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - David Price (3-2, 4.75)
New York - Vidal Nuno (0-0, 6.59)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees hope to reverse their recent
fortunes at home on Friday when they begin a three-game series versus the
Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.
New York fell for the third time in five tries on its current eight-game
homestand on Thursday, as it dropped a 4-2 decision to former teammate
Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first homer as a Yankee and fellow offseason pickup
Brian McCann had an RBI single in the loss, but starter Hiroki Kuroda (2-3)
was reached for four runs -- three earned -- over six innings.
New York's offense has been the culprit of late, as it has managed to hit at
just a .197 clip since returning home.
"Sometimes pitchers are going to be better than you," said shortstop Derek
Jeter, who has struck out seven times on this homestand.
It doesn't figure to get any easier on Friday when the Yanks go up against
former American League Cy Young Award winner David Price, who has lost two of
his last three starts. Price was awful in a loss to Chicago on Sunday, as he
surrendered eight runs (6 earned) and nine hits in six innings, dropping him
to 3-2 on the year to go along with a 4.75 ERA.
Since winning his first two decisions of the year Price has given up 15 earned
runs on 25 hits in his past three outings.
"For about 90 percent of the time I'm out there, I execute extremely well,"
Price said. "So it's just making sure I can continue to execute out there
every pitch and then I think I'll be on to something pretty good."
Price is 9-5 lifetime versus the Yankees, but was hit hard for six runs in
five innings in a loss to them back on April 17.
New York, meanwhile, hands the ball to Vidal Nuno, who may figure prominently
in the Yankees' plans now that Ivan Nova is lost for the season after Tommy
John surgery and Michael Pineda's back issues.
Nuno has made two starts for the Yankees and has allowed three runs in 9 1/3
innings. One of those starts came against the Rays, who managed just three
hits and were unable to cross the plate on him in five innings.
"Every day is an opportunity, just showing I can belong here and get people
out," Nuno said.
Tampa comes into this series on a high note after taking both ends of a
doubleheader Thursday against the Boston Red Sox, winning game one, 2-1, while
prevailing in the nightcap, 6-5.
The Rays had lost three in a row heading into Thursday.
"I'm so proud of our guys, the way they handled the entire moment," said Rays
manager Joe Maddon. "Nobody complained about anything. They just went out and
played really good baseball for 18 innings. It was pretty astounding to watch
the whole thing play out."
Tampa split a four-game series with the Yankees at Tropicana Field earlier in
the year. The Rays, though, have won six of their last seven in the Bronx.
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