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MLB Preview: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees are set to play the middle game of a three game series on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay won the first game on Tuesday night, but neither team appear to be heading anywhere in the postseason. The Rays come into the game in fourth place in the American League East. Tampa Bay is 70-75, 15 games behind Baltimore in the division. For the Yankees, the loss dropped them to 73-69 overall, and 10.5 games back in the American League East. New York is 7 games back in the chase for the final wildcard spot in the American League.

The New York Yankees are shipping Chris Capuano to the hill in this one. The lefthander is 37 years old and making his 218th career start. In 2014, this is the 9th start for Capuano, who has allowed 10 homeruns on the season. Capuano has not lost since August 11th at Baltimore. In those last four starts, Capuano has thrown 22 innings and allowed 13 earned runs. Offensively, the Yankees have had a tough time scoring runs. New York ranks 23rd in all Major League Baseball with 555 runs scored. Mark Teixiera and Jacoby Ellsbury appear to be the top offensive threats. Brett Gardner and Martin Prado are two offensive players with a ton of experience that will be out for New York in this one.

For the Rays, they would love to get this back to .500 and keep it there. AFter the All Star break, the Rays got hot, but have cooled in August and September. Tampa Bay has seen James Loney lead the way with a batting average just shy of .290. The top power producer for the Rays has been Evan Longoria, with 19 homeruns and 84 runs batted in. The young righthander Jake Ororizzi will make his 29th start of the season. In his last two starts, he has gone 14.1 innings, allowed just 4 hits and no runs. He won one of those starts, and took a no decision in the other. The Rays have won 6 of his last 10 starts overall.

This should be a pretty fun game to track on Wednesday night. These two teams typically will show no love lost between them. Despite being out of the standings race, both Joe Maddon and Joe Girardi want a win over the other. In the pitching match-up between these two teams, there does not appear to be a major favorite in this one. The Tampa Bay Rays are the underdog in this at, at -105, while the New York Yankees are slight favorites, at -115. We are going to give the nod to the veteran left that’s on the hill. We are going to bet the New York Yankees -115 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.

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