The Rays and Yankees will open a three-game series on Friday at Tropicana Field, with Tampa Bay right-hander Nathan Karns taking the ball against New York right-hander Adam Warren.
Karns will be making his third start of the season, having recorded his second big league victory on Sunday with seven innings of two-run ball against the Marlins in Miami. He said that seeing the Yankees in Spring Training should give him "more of an idea than just going off paper."
Warren is making his second start of the season and the fifth of his career, working on extended rest. He took the loss against the Red Sox on Saturday despite permitting just two runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings, the longest start of his career.
Things to know about this game
1. Trips to Tropicana Field used to be easy pickings for the Yankees, but it has not worked out that way of late. The Rays have defeated the Yankees in 14 of their last 22 meetings and in 21 of their last 33, going 4-0-1 in their last five season series since 2010. Tampa Bay was 11-8 vs. New York in 2014.
2. Brett Gardner is expected to return to the Yankees' lineup after being drilled on the right wrist by the Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen on Monday. Gardner had an X-ray on the wrist, which was negative, and was limited to pinch-running or defensive duty for the final two games of the series in Baltimore.
3. Kevin Kiermaier has been a bright spot for the Rays early in the season. Through his first 10 games, Kiermaier was hitting .344 (11-for-32) with two home runs and eight extra-base hits. The outfielder is 0-for-1 against Warren.