Preview: Rays square off against Yankees on July Fourth to begin 4-game set
TV: FOX Sports Sun
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 4 p.m.
Yankees: J.A. Happ (7-4, 5.23 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 66 strikeouts)
Rays: Yonny Chirinos (7-4, 3.10 ERA, .99 WHIP, 76 strikeouts)
Yankees favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
The Rays are 17-15 against AL East opponents. The Tampa Bay offense has compiled a .254 batting average as a team this season, Austin Meadows leads the team with a mark of .286.
The Yankees are 27-7 against division opponents. New York has hit 140 home runs this season, fifth in the league. Edwin Encarnacion leads them with 24, averaging one every 12 at-bats.
LAST 10 GAMES
Rays: 6-4, .233 batting average, 3.53 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
Yankees: 8-2, .306 batting average, 5.76 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs
Rays Injuries: Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Diego Castillo: 10-day IL (shoulder), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Kevin Kiermaier: day-to-day (wrist), Daniel Robertson: 10-day IL (knee), Brandon Lowe: day-to-day (leg), Matt Duffy: 60-day IL (back), Ji-Man Choi: 10-day IL (ankle), Christian Arroyo: 10-day IL (forearm), Anthony Bemboom: 60-day IL (knee).
Yankees Injuries: Luis Severino: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jordan Montgomery: 60-day IL (elbow), Jonathan Loaisiga: 60-day IL (shoulder), Ben Heller: 60-day IL (elbow), Dellin Betances: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jake Barrett: 60-day IL (elbow), Giancarlo Stanton: 10-day IL (knee), Cameron Maybin: 10-day IL (calf), Jacoby Ellsbury: 60-day IL (hip), Luke Voit: 10-day IL (abdomen), Troy Tulowitzki: 60-day IL (calf), Greg Bird: 60-day IL (foot), Miguel Andujar: 60-day IL (labrum).