The New York Yankees head for their home away from home, otherwise known as Tampa, Florida to begin a three game series versus the Rays tonight. To be geographically correct the game will be played in St. Petersburg in Tropicana Field, a stones throw from downtown Tampa, with the first pitch set for 7:00ET. You can view the action nationally on ESPN.
The Yankees spend their spring training here and the Steinbrenner family owns a home in the area too. Add that to the extreme number of former New York residents living in Tampa and you feel a definite Yank’s presence. Start your Baseball Betting action on Yankees vs. Rays game.
New York just concluded a four game set against the White Sox in the Bronx over the weekend. They dropped the first two affairs, but came back to capture the last two, including yesterdays 4-2 victory in the finale.
Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez each had a two run homers to win it, after spotting the ChiSox a two run lead in the first inning. Phil Hughes pitched eight innings to earn the “W.” The Yankees continue to distance themselves from the second place Baltimore Orioles in the AL East and are now up by 6 games. They have won 7 of their last 10 and are 23-14 on the road.
Tampa has been struggling lately and are just 3-7 in their previous 10. They have fallen to fourth in the Al East, behind tonight’s opponent by 8 games in the lost column. They are 22-14 at Tropicana Field. They dropped 3 of 4 games to the Tigers at home over the weekend including the last two, 6-2 and 5-3. They are 1-6 in their last 7. Check the Sportsbook Lines for Yankees vs. Rays game.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will be righty Freddy Garcia(2-2,6.39ERA)for New York facing Tampa southpaw Matt Moore(4-5,4.19ERA). The last time the Yankees were in Tampa/St. Pete, the Rays swept them in the season opening three game series.
Tampa Bay is a home favorite tonight at -$122, while New York is +$112. The over/under is 8.5 total runs on a $115/$100 moneyline.
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