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New York (14-11) at RAYS (11-17)
7:15; Tropicana Field
RAYS TV/PAX; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Pitching Matchup:

NYY-LH Randy Johnson (4-2, 4.71)

RAYS-RH Doug Waechter (0-1, 5.95)

Lineups-At the time of this post, the lineups were unavailable. They are usually announced between 5:30 and game time, however I will, more likely than not, heading down to the Trop to catch tonight's game, and if they are posted before I leave, great, I'll post them. If not, it won't affect your life greatly.

Upcoming Games

Tomorrow-at Oakland, 10:05 (Kazmir)

Saturday-at Oakland, 4:05 (McClung)

Sunday-at Oakland, 4:05 (Hendrickson)

I will survive..............

GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New York (14-11) at RAYS (11-17)
7:15; Tropicana Field
RAYS TV/PAX; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Pitching Matchup

Breakdown

NYY-LH Randy Johnson (4-2, 4.71):

Scouting Report-Johnson, who survived a rocky start to defeat an offensive-minded Toronto team in his last start, hasn't had an easy time against the Rays. The veteran lefthander has losing records against four teams during his 17-plus seasons and Tampa Bay is one them. He was 0-1 with a 6.46 ERA against the Devil Rays last year and 2-3 against them during his career.

Last Start: vs TOR: 5 IP, 6 H, 6 R (ER), 4 BB, 2 K, W

Last Start vs RAYS: Has not started vs Rays this year

All-Time vs Rays: 2-3, 4.36 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 57:10 K:BB

Batter v Pitcher:
Greg Norton-18 ABs, 1.091 OPS, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 11 K
Carl Crawford-13 ABs, .769 OPS, RBI
Nick Green-8 ABs, .819 OPS
Tomas Perez-7 ABs, .804 OPS, RBI, BB
Damon Hollins-7 ABs, 1.143 OPS, HR, 2 RBI
Jonny Gomes-7 ABs, 1.357 OPS, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Luis Ordaz-5 ABs, 1.100 OPS, BB

RAYS-RH Doug Waechter (0-1, 5.95):

Scouting Report-Waechter pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on Saturday and did not give up a run until the sixth inning. He left the game with two on board leading 4-1, but the Rays could not protect the lead and he was credited with a no-decision. Waechter has a 1-4 record with a 5.53 ERA in eight career appearances against the Red Sox.

Last Start: vs BOS-5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (ER), HR, 4 BB, 3 K

Last Start vs NYY: Has not started vs NYY this year.

All-Time vs Rays: 1-4, 5.53 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 20:17 K:BB

Batter v Pitcher:
Derek Jeter-23 ABs, 1.027 OPS, HR, 4 RBI, BB
Hideki Matsui-18 ABs, 1.122 OPS, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB
Bernie Williams-18 ABs, .868 OPS, BB
Alex Rodriguez-13 ABs, .932 OPS, 3 RBI, 4 BB
Johnny Damon-11 ABs, 1.000 OPS, RBI
Jorge Posada-11 ABs, .974 OPS, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Jason Giambi-9 ABs, .778 OPS, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB


[Scouting Reports-DevilRays.com]
[Splits-Yahoo Sports]
[Batter v Pitcher-ESPN.com]

Lineups-At the time of this post, the lineups were unavailable. They are usually announced between 5:30 and game time, however I will, more likely than not, heading down to the Trop to catch tonight's game, and if they are posted before I leave, great, I'll post them. If not, it won't affect your life greatly.

Upcoming Games

Tomorrow-at Oakland, 10:05 (Kazmir)

Saturday-at Oakland, 4:05 (McClung)

Sunday-at Oakland, 4:05 (Hendrickson)

I will survive..............

GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!