ST. PETERSBURG – The goal for the Rays down the stretch is to win as many series as possible, and they have a chance to do that this afternoon against the visiting Yankees at what is expected to be a nearly full Tropicana Field.
The Rays have won 10 of their last 12 series, a major reason why they are still afloat in the chase for a playoff spot.
They begin today six games behind the A’s for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.
A win today will also even the Rays season record at .500.
The Rays have allowed three or fewer runs in each of their last 12 games – the longest such streak in team history. They are 7-5 during this run, though four of those losses have been by a score of 3-2 and three of those four losses have come in extra innings.
Here are the lineups:
Kuroda RHP (7-8, 4.03)
Hellickson RHP (1-1, 2.03)