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=== Tampa Bay Devil Rays Team Report - July 8 ===

(Sports Network) - Victor Zambrano tries for his fourth win of the season against the New York Yankees this evening, as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays kick off a four-game set at Yankee Stadium. After winning his first three starts of the year, two of which were against the Yankees, Zambrano went 0-4 over a seven-start span. However, the Venezuelan righthander has rebounded to win a club record six straight decisions and is 9-4 on the year to go along with a 4.30 earned run average. He is unbeaten in his last nine starts. Zambrano's latest win came on Saturday against the Florida Marlins, as he scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings. The 28-year-old righthander, who was left off the AL All-Star team, is 5-3 lifetime against the Yanks with a save and a 4.23 ERA in 19 games, 10 starts. Zambrano has allowed seven runs and 11 hits over 17 1-3 innings in his three starts against New York. Tampa comes into tonight's tilt after taking the final two games of their four-game set against the Baltimore Orioles, including last night's 13-3 win in the series finale at Camden Yards. The Devil Rays, who are 32-13 since May 20, are now 8-0-3 over their last 11 series, 6-0-1 in their last seven series on the road and have climbed into third place in the AL East, 3 1/2 games back of second-place Boston and 9 1/2 games behind the Yankees. The Yankees have won five of the eight matchups with the Devil Rays this season and have traditionally dominated this series. New York has won 19 of the last 26 meetings, including 14 of the last 17 encounters. The Yanks are also 22-6 against the Devil Rays in the Bronx since the start of the 2001 campaign. Tampa, which is in the midst of an 11-game road trip, is 19-23 away from home this season. The Yankees 29-12 at home this season. ague road outings this season. Tampa, which is in the midst of an 11-game road trip, is 17-21 away from home this season. The Orioles have split their eight matchups with the Devil Rays this season and have won three of the five meetings at Camden Yards. kend at Tropicana Field. The Marlins are 21-14 all-time against Tampa Bay and swept a three-game series in Miami last year in this matchup. and are 14-20 outside Tropicana Field this year. Today's contest is the third of 19 meetings between the two teams this season. Tampa Bay took 11 of the 18 matchups last season, including six of 10 north of the border. wins in 1999. Four of the six teams lost 100 games that season.

Tampa Bay is 8-11 in its ballpark this season.

Cleveland swept a three-game set from the Devil Rays last weekend and is 17-5 against them since the start of the 2001 campaign. The Tribe has also had success in the Trop in that time, posting an 8-1 mark over their last nine visits.

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