Series: Game 1 of 4

NY Yankees leads 1-0 (as of 4/17)

Game 1: Thursday, April 17
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Tampa Bay2
Game 2: Friday, April 18
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Tampa Bay11
Game 3: Saturday, April 19
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Game 4: Sunday, April 20
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in 12
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Yankees 10

(10-6, 4-3 away)

Rays 2

(7-9, 4-4 home)

    Coverage:  SUN

    7:10 PM ET, April 17, 2014

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    NYY 130021102 10 16 1
    TB 000100100 2 7 1

    W: C. Sabathia (2-2)

    L: D. Price (2-1)

    Yankees-Rays Preview


    With a starting rotation battered by injuries, the Tampa Bay Rays need David Price to be at his best.

    Looking to help the Rays avoid a fourth consecutive defeat Thursday night, Price attempts to continue his success against CC Sabathia and the visiting New York Yankees, who are trying for a fifth straight win.

    Two days after Tampa Bay (7-8) announced left-hander Matt Moore will undergo season-ending elbow surgery and join Alex Cobb (strained oblique) and Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) on the disabled list, Price (2-0, 2.91 ERA) will be counted on to end the Rays' slide.

    "You can't go out there and add extra pressure, knowing that a couple of our other staff members have gone down right now, or whether or not we have kind of a light bullpen," Price told the Rays' official website. "You definitely know the situation at hand. I don't think applying added pressure to yourself does you any favors."

    Price, who allowed a run, four hits and struck out 10 in 8 1/3 innings of a 2-1 win at Cincinnati on Friday, is 9-4 with a 3.66 ERA in 20 starts against the Yankees (9-6), including 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in his last six.

    This will be the 10th time he's opposed Sabathia (1-2, 6.63), and the Rays have won eight of those matchups with Price going 6-1 with a 2.68 ERA.

    Sabathia is 1-6 with a 6.11 ERA in his last eight starts against the Rays, and 0-5 with a 4.50 ERA in his past eight at Tropicana Field.

    The left-hander has allowed five homers in three starts this season, including two and four runs in seven innings of a 4-2 loss to Boston on Friday.

    "I just haven't been able to put a whole game together," he said. "I'm pitching well at times, but I need to be able to stay even-keeled and make pitches in big situations."

    Sabathia has a tough act to follow after starters Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda had a hand in New York winning 3-0 and 2-0 in Wednesday's day-night doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs.

    "It just goes to show you how well our pitchers threw," manager Joe Girardi said. "When you shut out a team for 18 innings you're doing things right."

    The Yankees, who have yielded 11 runs while winning five of six, last blanked three straight opponents June 6-8, 1962.

    Carlos Beltran homered in the first game and went 3 for 7 on the day. Beltran, who has never faced Price, is 8 for 15 with three homers, three doubles and five RBIs in the last four contests.

    With Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Baltimore, the Rays have been outscored 37-14 and hit .191 while losing six of nine.

    "It's been tough," manager Joe Maddon said. "We're seeing pitches, working good at-bats, hits are not forthcoming."

    Reigning AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers went 0 for 7 with four strikeouts during the rain-abbreviated two-game set against the Orioles to drop his average to .200.

    He went 3 for 9 with a grand slam off Sabathia last season.

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    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkTampa Bay
    Current StreakW1L1
    Last 106-43-7

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkTampa Bay
    C. Sabathia
    3-4, 5.28 ERA

    Last Game:
    5/10 at MIL
    5.1 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    D. Price
    15-12, 3.26 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs MIN
    7.1 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkTampa Bay
    1. J. Ellsbury, CF B. Zobrist, 2B
    2. D. Jeter, SS D. Jennings, DH
    3. C. Beltran, RF L. Forsythe, 1B
    4. A. Soriano, DH E. Longoria, 3B
    5. B. McCann, C W. Myers, RF
    6. Y. Solarte, 3B S. Rodriguez, 1B
    7. S. Sizemore, 1B B. Guyer, CF
    8. B. Roberts, 2B Y. Escobar, SS
    9. I. Suzuki, RF J. Molina, C

    Research Notes

    In the second half of 2013, David Price had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 53 to 8 in plate appearances that ended with a fastball. In that same span, Alfonso Soriano struck out 21.4% of the time in plate appearances that ended with the pitch.

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