The Rays will look to put an end to a 2-game losing streak and will turn to lefty Matt Moore  (8-0, 2.29 ERA). The Yankees counter with soft-tossing lefty Vidal Nuno  (1-1, 1.13 ERA) in his 2nd big league start. With a win today the Yankees would win their first series at Tropicana Field since April 9-11, 2010.
Matt Moore  will attempt to become the first left handed pitcher to join 7 right handed pitchers who have gone 9-0 or better in their first 10 starts while being used exclusively as a starter. Matt Moore has been hit better by left handed batters in his career and accordingly Joe Girardi  has 5 left handed hitters in today’s lineup including Travis Hafner  who normally would see a day off against a southpaw.
Vidal Nuno  is making his 2nd big league start and 4th appearance overall. He’s come a long way in a short period of time as he was a 48th round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians and released after the 2010 season. He ended up in the Independent Frontier League where the Yankees signed him. In a little over 2 years he’s made it from the low A New York Penn League to make his first big league start against the Cleveland Indians working 5 scoreless innings earning the win in a 7-0 Yankee victory.
Nuno throws soft and softer and uses a deceptive delivery to mix his speeds. He’ll attack with his curveball/changeup and Rays hitters are going to have to be patient and be willing to take him the opposite way.
Rays Lineup: Desmond Jennings  (CF), Ryan Roberts  (2B), Luke Scott  (DH), Evan Longoria  (3b), Ben Zobrist  (RF), James Loney  (1b), Sean Rodriguez  (LF), Jose Molina  (C), Yunel Escobar  (SS)
Yankees Lineup: Brett Gardner  (CF), Robinson Cano  (2b), Vernon Wells  (LF), Travis Hafner  (DH), David Adams  (3B), Ichiro Suzuki  (RF), Jayson Nix  (SS), Lyle Overbay  (1b), and Austin Romine  (C)