Waechter to try to snap Devil Rays' skid
New York (11-15) at Tampa Bay (8-18), 7:15 p.m. ET
The Rays and Yankees play the second game of a four-game series Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
The Rays have lost eight in a row dating back to their April 24 loss to the Red Sox at the Trop.
Doug Waechter will start for the Devil Rays after posting an 0-2 record with an 11.00 ERA in 2004 against the Yankees; he has an 0-3 career mark against the Yankees with a 6.43 ERA. Kevin Brown will make his fifth start of his career vs. the Rays and his third at Tropicana Field. He last started against the Rays on May 29, 2004, and recorded the victory in a 5-3 Yankees' win.
The Devil Rays have a 32-82 record against the Yankees -- including a 20-37 mark at Tropicana Field.
After playing the Yankees in four games, the Devil Rays will finish the 10-game homestand with three against the Twins and three against the White Sox.Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Kevin Brown
0-3, 6.83 ERA in 2005
4-0, 1.88 ERA against TB in 2004 TB: RHP Doug Waechter
0-1, 5.93 ERA in 2005
0-2, 11.00 ERA against NYY in 2004 Players to watch
Carl Crawford, .300 (3-for-10); Toby Hall, .500 (4-for-8) 2B, HR; and Alex Sanchez, .429 (3-for-7), have done well against Kevin Brown. Hideki Matsui, .375 (3-for-8) HR; Alex Rodriguez, .667 (2-for-3) 2 2B; and Ruben Sierra, .400 (2-for-5) have all done well against Doug Waechter.
"We plan on getting better. It isn't pretty watching this. I'm not pleased, nobody's pleased. Nobody should be pleased. Either we start playing better or I will have them out here every day working at 1 o'clock till they get it right." -- manager Lou Piniella
Official game notes On television
NYY: WCBS-AM 880; WKDM-AM 1380 (Español)
TB: 1250 AM WHNZ; WAM (Español)
Scott Kazmir struck out the side in the second inning and Danys Baez turned the trick in the ninth inning of Monday night's game. ... Andy Phillips of the Yankees struck out five times in five plate appearances, tying the Major League record for a nine-inning game; it's the 44th time it's been done. ... Jonny Gomes' pinch-hit home run Saturday against the Orioles gave the team two for the season -- Eduardo Perez hit the other. No other teams in the American League had even one pinch-hit home going into Monday night's action. ... Sanchez's home run was his fifth career home run in 1,395 at-bats. On deck
Wednesday: Devil Rays vs. Yankees, 7:15 p.m. ET
Thursday: Devil Rays vs. Yankees, 7:15 p.m. ET
Friday: Devil Rays vs. Twins, 7:15 p.m. ET
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.