The Rays roll into a three-game weekend series against the Yankees with a half-game lead in the AL East.
When they met last weekend at the Trop, the Rays went in with a 1 1/2 game lead but lost two of three. Both teams played two games since and won them both.
The Rays are using Ryne Stanek as the opener tonight, his 12th such turn and the 13th opener this season overall. Yonny Chirinos is expected to follow and work the bulk of the innings. The Yankees are starting veteran lefty CC Sabathia, who pitched good but not great last Saturday at the Trop. Also of note, he was quite upset that the Rays hit two Yankees in that game, so revenge is a possibility.
Though the Rays had to put rookie C Anthony Bemboom on the injured list with a left knee sprain, and acquired veteran Erik Kratz to replace him, they apparently got good news on the two other players hurt Wednesday in Miami, as both Yandy Diaz (left ankle) and Guillermo Heredia (right wrist) are in the lineup.
Here is the Rays lineup:
B. Lowe 2b
And here is the Yankees lineup, with new addition Kendrys Morales at dh: