Yankees Vs. Rays Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers And More

Sep 13, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Steve Pearce (left) celebrates with third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) after scoring a run against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Yankees can put some space in the AL East and wild card races between themselves and the Rays this weekend.

The New York Yankees can put a serious hurting on Tampa Bay's playoff chances this weekend when the Rays visit the Bronx for a three-game set. Tampa was swept in Baltimore this week; a Yankees series win could go a long way to making the AL East a two-team race, with the loser having a good chance at a wild card spot.

The Rays (77-66) get David Price on the mound Friday night. Price (17-5, 2.54) hasn't started since Sept. 2 due to soreness in his pitching shoulder, but the southpaw -- who leads all major league qualifiers in the ERA race -- is expected to be near full strength and won't have an innings or pitch count cap.

The Yankees (80-62) throw their own lefty ace Friday, as CC Sabathia (13-5, 3.56) takes the hill for the Bombers. Sabathia's last start on Sept. 8 was a struggle; he allowed five runs to Baltimore over 6 1/3 innings.

TV: YES, MLB Network

Radio: WCBS 880, WADO 1280

Time: 7:05 p.m. ET


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Baltimore 81 62 .566 0 Won 3
New York 81 62 .566 0 Won 2
Tampa Bay 77 66 .538 4 Lost 2
Toronto 65 77 .457 15.5 Won 1
Boston 64 80 .444 17.5 Lost 2

(updated 9.14.2012 at 9:47 AM EDT)


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