The Yankees will ship down to the picturesque Tropicana Field for three games this weekend. With Tampa Bay only two games behind the Yankees, expect emotions to run high during this pivotal AL East tilt.

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Keys To The Series:

1. Get To Garza: Saturday’s starter, Matt Garza, threw a no-hitter earlier this week against the Tigers. Garza has not faced the Yankees this season, but is 1-3 with a 3.26 ERA in eight career starts against the Bombers. Garza has been tough at home this year, posting a 6-2 record with a 3.61 ERA.

2. Pitch Around Pena: Carlos Pena has absolutely killed the Yankees this year. Pena is 9 for 26 with five home runs(!) and 12 RBIs. In 80 career games against the Bombers, Pena has hit 21 HRs. Slow this man down..

3. Phil Me Up!: Phil Hughes has given up at least three earned runs in seven of his last eight starts. Hughes sports a dazzling 12-3 record but his ERA has ballooned up from 3.17 (June 19th) to 4.04 (July 25th). Hughes has not faced the Rays this season.

Tale of the Tape:

NYY TB Advantage
OBP .354 (1st) .339 (5th) NYY
HRs 118 (3rd) 94 (7th) NYY
ERA 3.92 (5th) 3.65 (1st) TB
BAA .248 (4th) .242 (2nd) TB
Fielding .988 (2nd) .986 (4th) NYY
Overall NYY

Pitching Match-Ups:

Friday, 7:05 PM, YES: Phil Hughes (12-3, 4.04 ERA) vs. Wade Davis (8-9, 4.32 ERA)

Last Start:
Hughes: Win, 5 1/3 innings, three runs, three strikeouts (vs. KC)
Davis: Win, 6 1/3 innings, two runs, four strikeouts (at CLE)

**Davis is 1-1 with a 4.99 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season.

**Davis has won his last three decisions while giving up only four earned runs over 21 innings.

Saturday, 7:10 PM, YES: Javier Vazquez (9-7, 4.54 ERA) vs. Matt Garza (11-5, 4.06 ERA)

Last Start:
Vazquez: Win, seven innings, two earned runs, five strikeouts (at CLE)
Garza: Win, nine innings, no hits, eight strikeouts (no hitter, vs. DET)

**Vazquez has won his last three decisions while dropping his ERA from 4.81 to 4.54 during that time frame.
**Garza has not lost since June 18th.

Sunday, 1:10 PM, YES: CC Sabathia (13-4, 3.15 ERA) vs. James Shields (9-9, 4.79 ERA)

Last Start:
Sabathia: Loss, seven innings, two earned runs, five strikeouts (at CLE)
Shields: Win, 6 2/3 innings, two earned runs, seven strikeouts (vs. DET)

**Shields is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts against the Yanks this year.
**Sabathia is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA in two starts against the Rays this year.

Enjoy this series!