2011 MLB AL East Matchup:NY Yankees vs. Tampa Bay RaysSeptember 20, 2010 by Marc Jerbs

On Tuesday, the AL East leading NY Yankees hosts the Tampa Bay Rays in a 4-game series at the Yankee Stadium. Game time is set at 7:05 PM ET.

The Yankees hopes to solidify their hold of 1st place in the AL East as they face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox are 5 games behind the Bronx Bomber while the Rays sit at third place. Pitcher Ivan Nova will open the series for the Yanks.

He gave up just one run in 7 1/3 innings in his outing against the Mariners. He has a 15-4 record and a 3.81 ERA. In his last three outing, he's 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA.

The Tampa Bay Rays are fighting for a wildcard spot in the AL East against the Boston Red Sox. It is important for the Rays to win the series against the Yankees so they could put more pressure on the fading Red Sox.

Pitcher Wade Davis will man the mound for the Rays. He has a 10-9 record and 4.41 ERA this season. Against the Yankees, he's 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in five career starts.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the New York Yankees as the favorites to beat the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. The Rays may have a chance if they could pressure Ivan Nova to commit mistakes in the first three innings of the game.