What’s on tap: CC faces Rays in rubber matchup

The Yankees will play the final game of a three-game series against the Rays this afternoon at the Stadium at 1:05 p.m. The teams have split the first two games. The Yankees will send struggling left CC Sabathia (3-1, 5.11 ERA) to the mound against the Rays’ Erik Bedard (0-1. 5.52 ERA). There was a time when Bedard vs. Sabathia would have been one of the best pitching matchups in baseball, but each is a shell of their former selves.

American League East
Team W L Pct. GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Strk
N.Y. Yankees 16 13 .552 - 126 138 -12 9-7 7-6 11-8 0-0 3-5 5-5 W 1
Baltimore 15 13 .536 ½ 123 126 -3 7-6 8-7 10-8 3-5 0-0 6-4 L 1
Boston 15 16 .484 2 131 136 -5 8-10 7-6 9-11 2-1 4-1 6-4 W 2
Tampa Bay 14 17 .452 3 133 144 -11 7-7 7-10 7-8 3-7 2-1 4-6 L 1
Toronto 13 17 .433 140 145 -5 5-7 8-10 7-9 4-5 2-1 2-8 L 2

The Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit on Saturday to beat the Rays 9-3 as Masahiro Tanaka improved to 4-0 on the season, and is unbeaten in his last 40 starts. >> Read more about last nights game here MLB.com, NYYfans.com.

The Yankees will leave New York after the game and head to the West Coast where it begins a series with the Angels on Monday.