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Yankees (15-13) Vs. Rays (19-10), 7:05 P.M. ET: Ivan Nova Vs. James Shields

Alex Rodriguez (13), Nick Swisher (33) and Robinson Cano (24) of the New York Yankees celebrate a 10-4 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium May 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Alex Rodriguez (13), Nick Swisher (33) and Robinson Cano (24) of the New York Yankees celebrate a 10-4 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium May 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees begin a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, co-leaders in the American League East, Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium (7:05 p.m. ET). A series in the second week of May can hardly be considered critical for the 15-13 Yankees, 3.5 games behind the 19-10 Rays and Baltimore Orioles, but these games are certainly important for New York.

The Rays swept a season-opening three-game series from the Yankees in April, and the Yankees have been up-and-down ever since.

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AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Baltimore 19 10 .655 0 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 19 10 .655 0 Lost 2
Toronto 16 13 .551 3 Lost 2
New York 15 13 .535 3.5 Won 1
Boston 12 16 .428 6.5 Won 1

(updated 5.8.2012 at 10:20 AM EDT)


Ivan Nova (3-1, 5.58 ERA) pitches tonight for the Yankees against James Shields (5-0, 3.05 ERA). Wednesday David Phelps (0-1, 3.74) pitches for the Yankees against Jeff Neimann (2-3, 4.05). Thursday aces CC Sabathia of the Yankees (4-0, 4.15) and David Price (5-1, 2.35) match up.

The Yankees have been led offensively this season by Derek Jeter, hitting an AL-leading .397. Evan Longoria is hitting .329 with four home runs and 19 RBI for the Rays.

-- 'Compications' for Mariano Rivera
-- Andy Pettitte decision coming Tuesday
-- See
Pinstripe Alley for more discussion and analysis of the Yankees


Current Series

3 game series vs Rays @ Yankee Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays
@ New York Yankees

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

James Shields vs Ivan Nova

Cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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