Rays look to keep home win streak alive, host the Yankees
New York Yankees (31-13, first in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (26-17, second in the AL East)
St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 6:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Nestor Cortes (3-1, 1.80 ERA, .89 WHIP, 56 strikeouts); Rays: Ryan Yarbrough (0-0, 4.20 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 12 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Yankees -129, Rays +110; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Rays will try to keep their four-game home win streak intact when they play the New York Yankees.
Tampa Bay has a 15-9 record at home and a 26-17 record overall. The Rays have gone 17-7 in games when they record eight or more hits.
New York has a 31-13 record overall and a 14-6 record in road games. The Yankees have a 9-4 record in games decided by one run.
Thursday’s game is the first time these teams match up this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yandy Diaz is seventh on the Rays with a .275 batting average, and has three doubles, three home runs, 22 walks and 10 RBI. Randy Arozarena is 15-for-39 with three home runs and nine RBI over the past 10 games.
Aaron Judge has nine doubles and 17 home runs while hitting .312 for the Yankees. Anthony Rizzo is 8-for-35 with three doubles and two home runs over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .250 batting average, 2.11 ERA, outscored opponents by 17 runs
Yankees: 6-4, .236 batting average, 3.86 ERA, outscored by one run
INJURIES: Rays: Andrew Kittredge: 15-Day IL (back), JT Chargois: 60-Day IL (oblique), Chris Mazza: 60-Day IL (back), Brandon Lowe: 10-Day IL (back), Shane Baz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Patino: 60-Day IL (oblique), Brendan McKay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Pete Fairbanks: 60-Day IL (lat), Tyler Glasnow: 60-Day IL (elbow), Nick Anderson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton: 10-Day IL (calf), Joey Gallo: day-to-day (covid-19), Jonathan Loaisiga: 15-Day IL (right shoulder), Aroldis Chapman: 15-Day IL (achilles), DJ LeMahieu: day-to-day (left wrist), Josh Donaldson: 10-Day IL (covid-19), Ben Rortvedt: 60-Day IL (oblique), Chad Green: 15-Day IL (elbow), Tim Locastro: 10-Day IL (lat), Stephen Ridings: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Domingo German: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Zack Britton: 60-Day IL (elbow)