The first place New York Yankees sit a top the AL East and now begin a stretch against some of their heated rivals.
First stop Baltimore, where tonight CC Sabathia will get the start going against a familiar name in Freddy Garcia. Sabathia was slated to start on Sunday, but the game was rained out, pushing him back to tonight's game.
Baltimore sits in a tie for third place with Tampa Bay having identical 23-20 records and recently have dropped a season high five straight games.
The Bombers are moving in the other direction winning nine of their last 12. Pitching has been the key holding this team together, regardless of injuries the solid pitching from starters and the bullpen have carried this club.
Sabathia will be working on five days rest which has never really mattered through out his career. Garcia who pitched New York over the past two seasons is coming off his worst outing of the year. This past Wednesday against the San Diego Padres he gave up four runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings. Garcia chalked it up to poor command and a fastball that never got above 87 mph.
Tuesday's starters will be RHP Phil Hughes vs RHP Miguel Gonzalez and the rubber match on Wednesday will feature RHP Hiroki Kuroda vs RHP Jason Hammel.
After an off day on Thursday, the Yanks will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays for three-game weekend set. Tampa is 8-2 over their last 10 games and is led by LHP Matt Moore who is 8-0 so far this season. Ace lefty David Price was placed on the DL with a strained left triceps and this can be significant if the injury causes him to miss a long period of time. The pitching rich Rays will be tested through this stretch with out him.
RHP David Phelps will start the first game of this series against RHP Roberto Hernandez in the Friday night opener. The Yankees have yet to announce Saturday or Sunday starters. Tampa will send Moore to the hill on Saturday with no starter yet tabbed for Sunday's finale.
The Yankees return to New York on Monday to take on the Mets for four consecutive nights. The first two at Citi Field and following two nights at the Stadium in the Bronx.
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