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

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

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
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 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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