The top two teams in the American League will square off as the second half gets under way. The Yankees currently hold a two-game lead over the Rays. After the AL’s disappointing loss in the All-Star game, both teams will look to come out strong. The Rays took the first two meetings at Yankee Stadium this season. Saturday is Old Timer’s Day so tune into YES around 2:00PM for the festivities.

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Here’s the tale of the tape…

TB NYY ADV
OBP .341 (6th) .353 (1st) NYY
HRs 79 (7th) 99 (4th) NYY
ERA 3.59 (1st) 3.81 (2nd) TB
BAA .242 (2nd) .241 (1st) NYY
FIELDING .984 (5th) .99 (1st) NYY
NYY

Pitching Match-Ups

Friday, 7:05 PM, YES: James Shields (7-9, 4.87 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.09 ERA)

Last Start:
Shields: Loss, 6 1/3 innings, four earned runs, nine strikeouts (vs. Cleveland)
Sabathia: Win, seven innings, one earned run, one strikeout (at Mariners)

Career Stats:
Shields: 2-7, 5.54 ERA (11 starts)
Sabathia: 8-3, 2.97 ERA (13 starts)

**Shields is 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA on the road this season. He defeated the Yankees at the Stadium this year, throwing seven innings of three run ball.

**Sabathia has won eight straight starts.

Saturday, 4:05 PM, YES: Jeff Niemann (7-2, 2.77 ERA ) vs. AJ Burnett (7-7, 4.75 ERA)

Last Start:
Niemann: ND, five innings, three earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Cleveland)
Burnett: Win, seven innings, two earned runs, three strikeouts (at Oakland)

Career Stats:
Niemann: 1-0, 2.93 ERA (three starts)
Burnett: 12-5, 2.98 ERA (23 starts)

**Since Dave Eiland returned to the bench, Burnett is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA.
**Niemann is 4-0 with a 3.15 ERA on the road this year.

Sunday, 1:05 PM, YES: David Price (12-4, 2.42 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.70 ERA)

Last Start:
Price: Win, 7 2/3 innings, two earned runs, ten strikeouts (vs. Boston)
Pettitte: Win, eight innings, one earned run, nine strikeouts (at Seattle)

Career Stats:
Price: 2-0, 2.56 ERA (four starts)
Pettitte: 16-6, 4.01 ERA (29 starts)

**Price is 6-3 with a 2.79 ERA on the road. He picked up the win by throwing 7 2/3 innings earlier this season against the Yankees.