The New York Yankees have dropped nine straight at Tropicana Field and 11 in a row on artificial turf.
They will try to end those streaks against a pitcher tied for the league lead in victories.
New York (48-32) fell 7-4 on Tuesday, dropping to 4-7 against Tampa Bay (43-38) this year with a 0-5 mark at Tropicana. The Yankees haven't lost 10 straight in an opposing ballpark since a 15-game slide between July 20, 1989 and September 3, 1991 at the old Arlington Stadium in Texas.
Price (1-4, 2.92 ERA) can add to those woes as he tries to match the Mets' R.A. Dickey for the major league lead in victories. He has posted a 1.19 ERA in winning all five home starts against AL opponents, beating the Yankees on April 7 by yielding two runs over 6 1-3 innings in an 8-6 victory.
The left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA in three starts overall against New York this year, and 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA in seven career at home against the Yankees with the Rays winning six of those outings.
The only four hitters with at least 40 at-bats against Price are all Yankees, with Derek Jeter hitting .289 within that group while Mark Teixeira (.214), Robinson Cano (.244) and Curtis Granderson (.195 with 15 strikeouts in 41 at-bats) have fared poorly. Nick Swisher has posed problems for Price, going 12 for 30 with eight walks - the most off the southpaw.
Price improved to 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last three starts by giving up two runs over seven innings Friday in a 4-2 home victory over Detroit. He left due to lower back tightness, but had no issues in a bullpen session Sunday.
It may help the Rays that the Yankees will give rookie David Phelps (1-3, 3.16) his third major league start. Phelps is taking the rotation spot of injured ace CC Sabathia, whose turn last Friday was filled by the big league debut of Adam Warren - who has been sent back to the minors.
Phelps relieved Warren in that 14-7 defeat to the White Sox and gave up two runs over 3 1-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts, throwing 4 2-3 scoreless innings against Tampa Bay in a 4-1 loss May 9.
"He's done a pretty good job for us when we've called upon him to pitch," manager Joe Girardi told the Yankees' official website. "The biggest thing was he just wasn't really stretched out."
Girardi gave Teixeira the night off Tuesday to keep the first baseman off the turf. Teixeira's error led to the Rays' winning run in Monday's 4-3 defeat.
The poor defense continued Tuesday as New York matched a season high with three errors that led to three unearned runs for Tampa Bay. The Yankees entered the contest with the majors' third-fewest errors with 36.
"They are going to have nights when they make some errors," Girardi said. "For the most part, our defense has been pretty good this year."
B.J. Upton has broken out of a 3-for-41 slump by going 4 for 8 with a homer in this series.
|New York Yankees|
|June 28, 2012||Andy Pettitte||60-Day DL||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 27, 2012||Andy Pettitte||Day-to-Day||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 25, 2012||CC Sabathia||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
|June 16, 2012||Nick Swisher||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left quad contusion|
|May 14, 2012||David Robertson||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|May 14, 2012||David Robertson||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|July 02, 2012||Hideki Matsui||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|June 30, 2012||Jeremy Hellickson||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right shin|
|June 29, 2012||David Price||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower back tightness|
|June 20, 2012||Matt Joyce||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|June 17, 2012||Matt Joyce||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|June 15, 2012||Jeremy Hellickson||15-Day DL||Right shoulder fatigue|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Yankees finally stopped a long skid at Tropicana Field.
Robinson Cano hit a two-run single during a three-run eighth and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Wednesday.
Cano has driven in at least one run in a career-best eight consecutive games, helping the AL East leaders stop a nine-game road losing streak against the Rays.
"0-9 here, you want to be able to win and get over it," Cano said.
Alex Rodriguez cut the Yankees' deficit to 3-2 when he drew a one-out bases-loaded walk, the fourth freebie issued by Kyle Farnsworth (0-1) in the eighth. Jake McGee came on and allowed Cano's single that put New York ahead.
"I was just thinking about making contact," said Cano, who had been 1 for 13 this season with the bases loaded.
Farnsworth was making just his second appearance of the season after being out with a strained right elbow. Tampa Bay's regular eighth-inning set-up man, Joel Peralta , had pitched in three of the previous four games.
" Kyle Farnsworth is a big part of our present and our future," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "For us to get to the promised land, he's got to perform well, which he shall. I've never seen him do that before, but he just needs a little more work. His stuff was fine, he was just missing a little bit."
Carlos Pena hit a two-run shot off Boone Logan (3-0) as the Rays went up 3-1 in the seventh.
After David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth, Rafael Soriano got the final three outs for his 19th save in 20 opportunities.
"A tremendous win for us," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "This has been a tough place for us. It's nice to get a win."
Mark Teixeira got the Yankees even at 1-all on a solo homer to start the seventh. Rodriguez followed with a double, but was returned to second after apparently stealing third with one out after it was ruled that plate umpire Mike Estabrook interfered with catcher Jose Lobaton 's throw to third. Andruw Jones then hit a long fly to right that likely would have scored A-Rod.
Rodriguez did steal third with two outs, but the Yankees failed to score when Russell Martin , mired in a 0-for-27 slide, hit a grounder.
David Price , bidding to become the AL's first 12-game winner, gave up one run and four hits over seven innings. The left-hander departed his previous start last Friday after seven innings due to lower back tightness.
"It was a typical AL East game and they beat us," Price said.
Cano got the first hit against Price, a fifth-inning single. The AL All-Star struck out eight and walked two.
"It's the best I've seen his curveball," Girardi said. "When you add that with the other stuff, the fastball up to 98, the back-door cutter, the changeup, he had no-hit stuff."
Ben Zobrist walked against New York starter David Phelps , stole second and scored to make it 1-0 on Sean Rodriguez 's single with two outs in the fourth.
Phelps, filling in for injured ace CC Sabathia, allowed one run and two hits over 4 1-3 innings in his first start since May 9. He struck out eight, walked three and hit two batters.
"Let's give Phelps some props," Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher said. "I think he did a tremendous job."
Sabathia is on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left groin. He is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday and could rejoin the rotation right after the All-Star break.
NOTES: Cano has an 11-game hitting streak. ... Rodriguez is 7 for 7 in stolen base attempts this season. ... Tampa Bay 3B Jeff Keppinger left after two innings because of a bruised left biceps. X-rays were negative. ... Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain , who dislocated his right ankle bouncing on a trampoline with his son March 22, threw off a bullpen mound in preparation for a simulated game on Friday. ... Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson , hit in the right shin by Prince Fielder 's liner in last Saturday's game against Detroit, is set to make his scheduled start Thursday night at Cleveland. ... New York OF Brett Gardner (right elbow) could start taking dry swings in the next couple days.