The Yankees are 30-18 and sit in first place in the AL East with the 2nd best record in the American League which means that the local Yankee fans are once again turning up at Tropicana Field wearing their freshly purchased Yankees gear and giving their vocal chords an extended work out. They have been rewarded for their fervor as the Yankees have won their first series in Tampa Bay since April 9 through 11, 2010 and will look for their first sweep at Tropicana Field since September 3 through 5, 2010.
The Yankees will send C.C. Sabathia (4-3, 3.43) to the mound as the Yankees look for the series sweep. He last pitched Monday night in Baltimore and allowed 4ER on 11 hits in 6.1 IP in receiving a no-decision in a 6-4 Yankees victory. Over his last two starts Sabathia has struggled against left handed batters allowing 7 hits in their last 18 at-bats including two doubles and a home run. Prior to that lefties had only hit .167 (5 for 30).
The Rays look to avoid dropping below .500 and counter with Alex Cobb (5-2, 2.73 ERA) who last pitched Tuesday in Toronto and held the Blue Jays to 1R/ER on 3 hits in 6.1 IP in a Rays 4-3 victory. He has worked into the 7th inning or later in 7 of his 9 starts this season and the Rays will look for the same output today. Ben Zobrist‘s legs will get a rest on he gets a birthday (32 today) start at DH James Loney is starting his 9th consecutive game against left handed pitching.
Before the game the Yankees activated left handed pitcher David Huff who they claimed off of waivers from the Cleveland Indians and designated Ben Francisco for assignment.