NYY: LHP CC Sabathia (5-3, 3.46 ERA)
Sabathia had a victorious return to Cleveland in his last start, on Saturday, hurling seven innings of three-run, five-hit ball in New York's 10-5 victory over the Indians. He had great command of his fastball and changeup and later worked in his other pitches, as he and catcher Jorge Posada established better rapport. He has won his last four decisions and has not lost since May 2, vs. the Angels. He will be facing Tampa Bay for the first time this year. TB: LHP David Price (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
Price rebounded from a disappointing season debut to dominate Minnesota for his first regular-season win last Saturday. The 6-foot-6 hurler showed flashes of the potential that has had Rays fans drooling since he reached the Majors last September. The command of his fastball, which he struggled with against Cleveland, appeared to be much better against the Twins. He still threw 108 pitches, though, something he will need to tighten up to pitch deeper into games.
Injured reliever Brian Bruney threw a bullpen session on Friday and said that he felt fine. There is still no timetable for his return, but he thinks he could be available to pitch in less than two weeks. ... Damaso Marte, another injured reliever, threw 25 pitches off a bullpen pound, including some sliders from a close distance. ... Xavier Nady threw from 75 feet and played in a rehab game on Friday. Manager Joe Girardi called it "a good sign."
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Jared Diamond is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less