The Yankees have not enjoyed their recent trips to play the Rays, losing 13 of the last 16 games. The Yankees will look to change that pattern when they open a three-game series against them tonight. New York mustered only five runs en route to dropping two of three at Tampa Bay last month. The Yankees have managed to find their way to first place in the American League East despite numerous key injuries, led by Robinson Cano’s 13 home runs and 33 RBIs.
The Rays are four games back in the AL East even though they have struggled on continue
(Sports Network) – The Atlanta Braves will take their current six-game winning
streak to the road and haven’t played so well away from Turner Field. The test
begins Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the New York
The Braves have lost 10 of the past 14 road games and are 13-13 as the guest,
as opposed to a 15-5 record at Turner Field. They’ll have to carry that
momentum on the road for five straight games and are coming off back-to-back
three-game sweeps of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins. The Braves
(Sports Network) – Runs and hits have become difficult to come by for the
Washington Nationals and perhaps a return home will ignite a team that’s
supposed to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Nationals are back in D.C. for five straight games and went 4-6 on a 10-
game western road trip. The homestand starts Friday night with the opener of a
three-game series versus the NL East-rival Philadelphia Phillies, followed by
a quick two-game set with the nearby Baltimore Orioles.
Washington halted a four-game slide and salvaged the finale of its series
against the San continue
(Sports Network) – Anibal Sanchez tries to bounce back from one of the worst
starts of his career on Friday when the Detroit Tigers continue their four-
game series with the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park.
Sanchez lost for the third time in four starts on Saturday in Texas, as the
Rangers torched him for six runs (5 earned) and nine hits in just 2 2/3
innings, dropping him to 4-4 to go along with a 2.77 ERA.
It marked the third-shortest start of his career and his shortest outing since
Aug. 10, 2011.
“I didn’t have good command. continue
(Sports Network) – Could the seventh time be the charm?
The Oakland Athletics are a perfect 6-for-6 against the Houston Astros so far
this season, and the first-year AL West foes will square off again Friday at
Minute Maid Park to open another three-game series.
“We have played them well. We need to continue to play well,” A’s manager Bob
Melvin said. “You can’t just throw your glove out there and think you’re going
to win. They’ve been swinging the bat a lot better, and they’ve made some
personnel moves. They look to be a better team right now.”