The Yankees will be in search of a three-game sweep of the Rays in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field, with right-hander Michael Pineda opposing Tampa Bay rookie Matt Andriese.
Andriese made the first start of his Major League career Tuesday against the Blue Jays, allowing two runs in 3 2/3 innings of the Rays' 3-2 victory.
Pineda (1-0) has had mixed results in his first two outings, allowing 15 hits in 12 1/3 innings with a 5.11 ERA while striking out 15 and walking one. The Yankees have recorded victories in both of Pineda's starts.
Three things to know about this game
1. Members of the Rays' roster who have faced Pineda have not fared well, going a combined .162 (6-for-37) off the 26-year-old righty. David DeJesus leads the Rays with four hits (in 15 at-bats), while Evan Longoria is 0-for-11 with four strikeouts.
2. After getting plunked on the hip in Toronto on Thursday, Longoria was feeling "pretty sore," according to Rays manager Kevin Cash on Saturday. Longoria continues to play, however, and the third baseman will extend his Major League-leading games-played streak to 255 with an appearance Sunday.
3. Mark Teixeira's next home run will be the 367th of his career, which would give him sole possession of fifth place on the Major Leagues' all-time list for switch-hitters, ahead of Lance Berkman. In fourth place is teammate Carlos Beltran, at 373. Yankees great Mickey Mantle tops the list with 536 home runs.
Michael Kolligian is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.