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Rays bigger than Red Sox (and Mets)

Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton and

Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton and Gabe Kapler, from left, celebrate the Rays' 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Sunday, May 16, 2010, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mike Carlson

Hard as it is to get your mind around it, the Yankees' two-game series against Boston that opens tonight at Yankee Stadium isn't the biggest thing the team has going this week.

The Boston visit is followed by a two-game visit from Tampa Bay, the best team in baseball.  The Rays currently have full two-game lead on the Yanks in the East. What's more, they have just been incredible on the road this season. Tampa Bay heads into Yankee Stadium with a 15-4 record away from home.

Suffice it to say, this won't be a series where you can turn off the television if the Yanks have a decent lead. With Sunday's 2-1 win over the Mariners, the Rays now have 11 come-from-behind wins. With Rafael Soriano's 10th save on Sunday, Tampa Bay is now 21-0 when leading after eight innings.

Right now, the Yankees are expected to put A.J. Burnett (4-1, 3.31) up against right-hander Wade Davis (3-3, 3.38) on Wednesday. On Thursday, it will be Andy Pettitte (5-0, 1.79) against right-hander James Shields (4-1, 3.00).

Oops almost forgot, after the Rays, the Yanks get the Mets this weekend. But the way the Mets have been playing as of late,  it probably won't be as exciting as what goes on during the week.

Barbara Barker, aka meanbarb on twitter

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