Here are the pitching probables for the Yankees' three-game set this weekend against the second-place Devil Rays (54-24) at the Stadium.
Remember, both Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner will be honored before tomorrow's game and during Saturday's Old Timers' Day festivities.
*Sabathia has won his last eight decisions (going at least seven innings in each) and hasn't lost since May 23 to the Mets. He hasn't allowed more than one earned run in a game in a month, and he's second in the AL in innings pitched (to Seattle's Felix Hernandez) with 131. Earlier this season in Tampa, he went 7 2/3 innings before allowing a hit. Here are the Rays' career numbers off Sabathia, led by B.J. Upton, who is 6-for-17 (.353) with two doubles, a triple, two homers and six RBIs off him.
Shields has been the exact opposite of Sabathia lately, losing eight of his last nine starts and going 2-8 since May 25 (he won in a relief appearance on June 19). His 19 home runs allowed are tied for second most in the American League with Minnesota's Nick Blackburn (Baltimore's Kevin Millwood has allowed 20), and he is 2-7 with a 5.54 ERA in 11 career starts against the Yankees. Here are the Yankees' career numbers off the righty, led by Robinson Cano, who is 13-for-29 (.448) with nine extra-base hits (four doubles, two triples and two homers) and six RBIs off him.
Price started for the American League in Tuesday's All Star Game and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings, striking out one. Pettitte followed him in the third inning, and struck out two while allowing one hit.
The Yankees are 20-11 against the rest of the AL East, but 10-9 against everyone except Baltimore, including a 2-3 mark against Tampa Bay.
The Rays hold the best road record in baseball at 28-14.