Rays face off against the Yankees in division play
St. Petersburg, Florida; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay will host New York in a meeting of division foes.
The Rays are 7-6 against AL East opponents. The Tampa Bay offense has compiled a .255 batting average as a team this season, good for ninth in the American League. Brandon Lowe leads the team with an average of .304.
The Yankees are 6-2 against division opponents. New York has hit 55 home runs this season, ninth in the American League. Gary Sanchez leads them with 11, averaging one every 7.7 at-bats.
TOP PERFORMERS: Lowe leads the Rays with eight home runs and is batting .304. Yandy Diaz is 8-for-36 with four doubles, a triple and four RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .249 batting average, 2.57 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
Yankees: 6-4, .250 batting average, 3.72 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs
Rays Injuries: Hunter Wood: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Austin Meadows: 10-day IL (thumb), Joey Wendle: 10-day IL (wrist), Matt Duffy: 10-day IL (back), Mike Zunino: day-to-day (quad), Michael Perez: 10-day IL (oblique).
Yankees Injuries: Luis Severino: 60-day IL (shoulder), James Paxton: 10-day IL (knee), Jordan Montgomery: 60-day IL (elbow), Ben Heller: 60-day IL (elbow), Dellin Betances: 60-day IL (shoulder), Aaron Judge: 10-day IL (oblique), Aaron Hicks: 10-day IL (back), Jacoby Ellsbury: 60-day IL (hip), Gio Urshela: day-to-day (leg), Troy Tulowitzki: 10-day IL (calf), Didi Gregorius: 60-day IL (elbow), Greg Bird: 10-day IL (foot), Giancarlo Stanton: 10-day IL (bicep).