ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (PIX11) — After clinching a first series victory of the season, the New York Yankees are looking to sweep the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m., when Yankees will send right-hander Michael Pineda (1-0, 5.11) to the mound, while the Rays match him with right-hander Matt Andriese (0-0, 3.86).
“We all feel good when Michael is on the mound,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He works quickly, he gets quick outs, he has pitched extremely well.”
“He’s got outstanding stuff and hopefully he gets deep into the game today,” Girardi continued.
The Yankees beat the Rays 9-0 in Saturday’s game. Masahiro Tanaka allowed just two hits over seven innings.
On this day in 1960, Roger Maris made his Yankees debut on Opening Day at Fenway Park.
Yankees lineup (5-6): Jacoby Ellsbury cf, Brett Gardner lf, Alex Rodriguez dh, Mark Teixeira 1b, Chase Headley 3b, Stephen Drew 2b, Garrett Jones rf, John Ryan Murphy c, Didi Gregorius ss, Michael Pineda rhp
Rays lineup (6-6): David DeJesus dh, Steven Souza Jr. rf, Asdrubal Cabrera ss, Evan Longoria 3b, Desmond Jennings cf, Allan Dykstra 1b, Brandon Guyer lf, Tim Beckham 2b, Rene Rivera c, Matt Andriese rhp
“Within our division, I think it’s really important, and to try to get on a roll here,” Girardi said. “We have a lot of games in the next 30 days. That’s important as well. To get back to .500 would be good.”