>Game one: Yankees vs. Rays 5/16 at 6:40


A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.38, 1.12 WHIP) vs. David Price (5-3, 3.12, 1.06 WHIP)
Yankees 20-18, 7-7 on the road
Derek Jeter SS .260
Curtis Granderson CF .281
Mark Teixeira 1B .259
Alex Rodriguez DH .250
Robinson Cano 2B .280
Nick Swisher RF C .217
Andruw Jones LF .237
Russell Martin C .243
Eduardo Nunez 3B .300
Rays 23-17, 10-12 at home
Sam Fuld LF .238
Ben Zobrist 2B .288
Johnny Damon DH .248
Evan Longoria 3B .265
Matt Joyce RF .368
B.J. Upton CF .259
Casey Kotchman 1B .351
Reid Brignac SS .185
John Jaso C .221
The Yankees lineup is the same as it has been the last few days except that Nunez is replacing Gardner as the number nine hitter.  Jones is playing left field which gives Gardner the night off.  Burnett has pitched well against the Rays for his career.  In 25 starts, he has a 12-7 record and a 3.15 ERA.  The Rays are an under .500 team so far at Tropicana Field so that might give the Yankees the advantage in this brief two game series.  If the Yankees can win both games they will tie the Rays for first place.  However, the Rays (7-3) have been hot in their last 10 games but the Yankees (3-7) have been ice cold.  The Yankees will face the Rays’ two best pitchers in Price and James Shields but tonight would be as good a time as any to start driving in runners with RISP consistently and to start executing in the field.  13 errors in 10 games is not acceptable for a team that expects to make the playoffs.   
It looks like David Robertson will not be available.  Rafael Soriano, who has been out with a sore elbow, threw a bullpen session this afternoon and still felt stiffness.  This is not promising and it seems like the high priced eighth-inning guy might be on the fast track to the disables list.  It also appears that Jorge Posada is not playing tonight because the Yankees are facing a lefty, and so far Posada is 0 for 24 against left handed pitching.       
For some reason the games this series in Florida will start half an hour earlier than normal.

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