|NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )
|967||NY YANKEES||+155||Ov 7,-110||+160||Ov 6.5,-105|
|968||TAMPA BAY||-165||Un 7,-110||-170||Un 6.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-2||+1||1-4||3.2||0.272||0.315||4.4||0.281||0.339|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||2-5||3.6||0.279||0.318||2.3||0.206||0.254|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-4||-3.6||2-2||3.0||0.209||0.287||5.4||0.288||0.363|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||2-4||1.7||0.187||0.260||4.3||0.263||0.327|
|4/3/2014||NOVA(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||4-2||W||-145||8 ov||U||7||6||0||6||7||0|
|4/4/2014||TANAKA(R)||@ TORONTO||MCGOWAN(R)||7-3||W||-130||8.5 un||O||16||11||1||6||5||1|
|4/5/2014||PINEDA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||0-4||L||130||9 un||U||7||10||0||8||4||0|
|4/6/2014||SABATHIA(L)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||6-4||W||110||8.5 un||O||9||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/16/2014||TANAKA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||3-0||W||-185||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||3||4||0|
|4/16/2014||PINEDA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-0||W||-150||7 un||U||12||12||0||6||8||1|
|4/17/2014||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/18/2014||KURODA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)|| |
|4/19/2014||NOVA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|4/20/2014||TANAKA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)|| |
|4/22/2014|| ||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|4/23/2014|| ||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|4/24/2014|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/7/2014||MOORE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||2-4||L||105||8 un||U||6||6||0||8||7||1|
|4/8/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||1-0||W||-110||7.5 ev||U||4||5||1||9||10||0|
|4/9/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||8||6||1||10||4||0|
|4/11/2014||PRICE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||2-1||W||-115||7 un||U||6||9||0||4||7||0|
|4/12/2014||COBB(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||1-0||W||-125||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||4||3||0|
|4/13/2014||RAMOS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||4-12||L||115||7.5 ov||O||7||8||1||13||8||0|
|4/14/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||1-7||L||-115||8 ov||P||6||5||0||13||7||0|
|4/16/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||0-3||L||-105||8.5 un||U||6||9||1||6||7||0|
|4/17/2014||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/18/2014||BEDARD(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/19/2014||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|4/20/2014||RAMOS(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|4/24/2014|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|NY YANKEES: NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter is saying goodbye. Masahiro Tanaka is saying hello.|
Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are new to the Bronx; David Robertson is new to the closer's role. And Alex Rodriguez is nowhere to be seen.
Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte have retired, and Robinson Cano has moved to Seattle.
After missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, the New York Yankees will look a whole lot different. And for the first time since 1998, they don't have baseball's highest payroll.
''I think it is probably the biggest transition I've been through,'' manager Joe Girardi says.
For only the second time in team history and the first time since 1947, every position on opening day other than the mound will be manned by a different Yankees player on opening day than in New York's previous opener.
New York's forgettable 2013 season began with an 8-2 loss to Boston, with Kevin Youkilis at first, Cano at second, Eduardo Nunez at shortstop, Jayson Nix at third, Francisco Cervelli behind the plate, Vernon Wells in left, Brett Gardner in center and Ichiro Suzuki in right.
The only holdover for Tuesday's opener at Houston figures to be Gardner, who has shifted to left. The rest of the starting lineup figures to have McCann behind the plate, Mark Teixeira at first, Brian Roberts at second, Jeter at shortstop, Kelly Johnson at third, Ellsbury in center and Beltran in right.
CC Sabathia will be the constant on the mound. He's coming off the poorest of his 13 major league seasons at 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA.
''Nobody wants to go through that again,'' he says. ''It sticks with me a lot. Just being disappointed in not being able to help this team win. I feel like if I could have been a little better we might have made the playoffs. I blamed myself for a long time in the offseason and now I'm over it and ready to go this year.
|TAMPA BAY: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays feel they have everything it takes to win the World Series and aren't afraid to say it.|
The budget-minded franchise that's played into October four out of the past six seasons boosted payroll instead of cutting back this winter in hopes of making another strong run for the playoffs.
''The goal is to be the team that plays the last game of the year and win,'' third baseman Evan Longoria said.
''I felt like we were really close to breaking through last year,'' the three-time AL All-Star added. ''And with the team that we have this year, I'm really excited to go out and try to prove to ourselves that we are good enough to do that.''
The Rays won 92 games a year ago, including a Game 163 tie-breaker to claim a wild-card spot, and have compiled the second-best record in baseball over the past six seasons.
That's not enough for manager Joe Maddon and a hungry collection of players who reported to spring training feeling as if there's unfinished business to tend to after losing to eventual World Series champion Boston in the AL division round.
''I love that our guys feel and think that way. I think it's great,'' Maddon said.
''You'll hear that rhetoric in a lot of clubhouses, whether it's baseball, football or basketball, but you've got to back it up. You have to really believe it. Not just say it,'' he said. ''Some groups say it because they're supposed to say it. Some groups say it because they believe it. Our guys believe it.''
That confidence was bolstered by the Rays' ability to keep most of the key components from last year's roster together, including lefty David Price, who anchors one of baseball's deepest pitching rotations.
Price and just about everybody else expected the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner to be traded, however the Rays wound up giving him a $14 million one-year deal, in addition to re-signing first baseman James Loney and landing free agent closer Grant Balfour in moves that represent a big chunk of a club-record payroll of around $80 million.
Andrew Friedman, the team's vice president of baseball operations, also traded for catcher Ryan Hanigan and infielder Logan Forsythe to give Maddon additional flexibility filling out a batting order around Longoria and 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers.
''Talent can't win every game for you, but it's a good start,'' said Loney, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal - largest since Tampa Bay has given to a free agent since Stuart Sternberg became principal owner.
''If we can stay healthy, if we can do the things we're capable of doing,'' second baseman Ben Zobrist add, ''we certainly have as good or better chance than any other team in the league to win it all.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Rays Preview* ======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
New York (7-6) at Tampa Bay (7-7), 7:10 p.m. EDT
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.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 2:51:21 PM EST|