American League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, August 15 (All times Eastern)
New York Yankees (61-58) at Tampa Bay Rays (60-61), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Brandon McCarthy (4-1, 2.21) Tampa Bay - Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.41)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon McCarthy hopes for some run support on Friday when the New York Yankees open a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
McCarthy lost for the first time in a Yankees uniform on Saturday against Cleveland, although it was through no fault of his own, as he allowed just a pair of runs and struck out eight over 6 1/3 innings of his team's 3-0 loss.
The right-hander, who is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA since being acquired from Arizona, has faced the Rays 10 times (9 starts) and is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA against them.
Scoring runs may still be an issue for a Yankees lineup that has totaled seven runs while batting .164 with 34 strikeouts over the course of a four-game losing streak that culminated with a pair of losses in Baltimore.
"We gotta find ways to score runs but more importantly, we gotta find ways to win games," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "If you don't score runs, you gotta win other ways so we need to play better."
It won't get any easier on Friday for New York, as it goes up against righty Alex Cobb, who has won his last five decisions. Cobb was terrific against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, as he allowed a run and six hits in six innings, but did not factor in the decision of his team's 3-2 loss.
In his last three starts, he is 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA with 22 strikeouts. Overall on the year Cobb is 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA.
Cobb is 4-1 lifetime versus the Yankees with a 2.01 ERA in seven starts.
Tampa allowed three runs or less in a road game for an AL-record 18th straight time on Thursday, as Evan Longoria delivered a home run and three RBI in the Rays' 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers.
Logan Forsythe knocked a two-run homer for Tampa Bay, which won for the sixth time in its last eight games. Jake Odorizzi (9-9) tossed seven innings of two- run ball, allowing four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts to earn the win. James Loney drove in the other run for the Rays.
"Odorizzi was really good tonight," Tampa manager Joe Maddon said. "Our young pitchers have pitched well. Offensively, (Forsythe's) homer really got us going."
Tampa has won seven of its 10 matchups with the Yankees this season.
08/15 10:36:09 ET