The Rays won the season series in 2005 11-8, winning 4 of the 6 series, so don’t expect the Yankees to take this series lightly. The Bronx Roiders, er we meant BOMBERS are starting to hit their stride with two straight wins by a combined score of 13-2 over the Orioles. Tonight’s starter Mike Mussina is coming off his best start of the season in which he went 7.1 innings giving up 7 hits and no walks and a 1 run. Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield enter the game red-hot. Jeter has 13 hits in his last 7 games and is now batting .375 while Sheffield has 15 hits in the same span.

Tonight’s starter Scott Kazmir is 1-1 in 2 career starts against the Yankees, including a 5-3 win last June at Yankee Stadium. In that game, Kazmir gave up a 2-run homer in the first to Gary Sheffield, but settled down and only gave up 2 hits and 1 run over the next 6 innings. Jorge Cantu enters the game with a 10-game hitting streak. Jonny Gomes is 7-23 on the road trip and has a home run in each of the last 4 games. Gomes now leads the AL with 9 home runs is tied with Ty Wiggington for the lead league in RBI (20).

Mark Hendrickson has been penciled in as the starter on Thursday for the series finale. We think that is a overly optimistic. Edwin Jackson is the more likely starter, as Joe Maddon would like one more look at Jackson to see if he is ready to be in the rotation.

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday, 7:05 et
Devil Rays Scott Kazmir, LHP (2-1, 4.07)
Rangers Mike Mussina, RHP (2-1, 2.67)

Wednesday, 7:05 et
Devil Rays Seth McClung, RHP (1-3, 10.90)
Rangers Chien-Ming Wang, RHP (1-1, 5.48)

Thursday, 7:05 et
Devil Rays Edwin Jackson, RHP (0-0, 6.43)
Rangers Shawn Chacon, RHP (2-1, 5.59)



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