Saturday, April 7, 2012

Yankees vs. Rays-Game Two

Here are the lineups for the Yankees and Rays game tonight at 7:10PM.  Hiroki Kuroda will make his Yankees debut and David Price will pitch for the Rays. 

Yankees Lineup:Derek Jeter(DH), Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones(LF), Russell Martin, Eduardo Nunez(SS). 

Rays Lineup:Desmond Jennings, Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria, Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist, Luke Scott, Jeff Keppinger, Jose Lobaton, Reid Brignac. 

Kuroda was 13-16 last season with a 3.07 ERA.  He pitched the last four years with the Dodgers after coming over from Japan.  Price was 12-13 last season with a 3.49 ERA.  Price in his career is 4-2 with a 4.05 ERA against the Yankees.  Kuroda has never faced the Rays. 

The game yesterday was only the second time that Mariano Rivera has blown a save against the Rays.  He was 60-61 and converted his last 27 chances against the Rays. 

The Yankees other big problem from the first game was runners in scoring position.  They left too many men on base and it came back to bite them.  The Yankees after having a 6-5 lead had the bases loaded three times and didn't score.  If they get one hit in those three chances they most likely are going to win the game. 

The Yankees will look to even the series before playing the finale tomorrow afternoon and the Rays will look to take the first two games and ensure a win in the series. 

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