15* Rays/Yankees AL East No-Brainer on New York -120

15* Rays/Yankees AL East No-Brainer on New York -120

Tampa Bay vs. NY Yankees, 05/08/2012 19:05 EDT, Score: 3 - 5

Money Line: -120 NY Yankees

Sportsbook: DSI

Result: Win

Rarely ever will you get the New York Yankees as this small of a home favorite. I'll take full advantage tonight as they take down the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of this AL East series. The Yankees trail the Rays within the division, so they'll certainly be up for this one.

The fact of the matter is that Tampa Bay isn't the same team without Evan Longoria, who went out for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury. James Shields is a good starter, but he has not fared well against the Yankees. Shields is 5-11 with a 4.39 ERA and 1.338 WHIP in 21 career starts against New York.

Ivan Nova won 15 straight decisions before taking the loss last time out against the Baltimore Orioles. That's the second longest such streak in Yankees history, which says a lot. Without the pressure of the streak on his shoulders, the righty can get back to just focusing on pitching.

Nova is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.243 WHIP in four career starts against Tampa Bay. The Yankees are 4-0 in those four contests, so they've never lost when Nova goes against the Rays. Roll with the Yankees Tuesday.


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