After back-to-back nights of having to listen to the blasting foghorn inside Tropicana Field, the Yankees plan to shuffle the deck with several roster moves before Sunday's game, hoping to score a split of this four-game series with the Rays.
The Yankees will activate Mark Teixeira from the disabled list, restoring a key component of their Opening Day lineup. Teixeira has not played since April 4, when he injured his right hamstring in a game against the Blue Jays.
But thanks to the Rays, who awoke from their lumber slumber to tally 27 runs against Yankees pitching over the last two games, New York needs bullpen help as well. Manager Joe Girardi said that the Yankees will summon at least one fresh arm to finish out the weekend.
"Especially going into [Monday's] day off, and then going into Boston for another series [on Tuesday] -- you're playing within your division," Girardi said. "You'd love to right the ship. The good thing is [that Saturday's] game only counts as one. Even though it was pretty lopsided and it was ugly, it only counts as one."
The Yanks had won five straight games before losing a pair to the Rays, and left-hander Cesar Ramos will try to make it three wins in a row for home team. Ramos started against the Reds on April 13, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks in two-plus innings.
"It definitely feels good [to get a second start]," said Ramos, who has pitched in long relief for most of his tenure with the team. "It was pretty bad, but I'm thankful for another opportunity, and I'd like to take advantage of it this time."
Because of last week's rainout against the Cubs, which forced a day-night doubleheader, the Yankees need a spot starter for Sunday. That call is going to left-hander Vidal Nuno, who made the club out of Spring Training as a reliever and will be making his first start since May 30 of last season.
Nuno has made three relief appearances in 2014, not giving up a run in the first two before allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings to the Orioles on April 8.
Girardi said that Nuno is stretched out enough to give the Yankees about 75 pitches.
Yankees: Beltran healing
Carlos Beltran said that his sore left shoulder and right wrist are improving after a tumble over a Tropicana Field wall, and he returned to the lineup as the designated hitter on Saturday. He's planning on being in right field on Sunday.
"A lot better," Beltran said on Saturday. "Not 100 percent, but yesterday I went to the cage, hit a little bit during the game. I felt fine. Today I feel a lot better compared to how I felt yesterday."
Beltran flipped over the wall chasing Desmond Jennings' foul ball in the third inning of Thursday's 10-2 Yankees victory. He did not undergo any concussion tests, and hopes to return to the outfield when the Yankees wrap up their four-game series with the Rays.
"We're extremely lucky," Girardi said. "I wasn't sure if we'd have him this weekend with how hard he hit [the ground], but he bounced back quick."
Rays: 27 runs revisited
The 27 combined runs scored over back-to-back games matches the most in franchise history, following the span of July 21-22, 2006, against the Orioles. In addition, Tampa Bay recorded 11-plus runs in consecutive games for the first time since last Sept. 21-22, against Toronto.
Tampa Bay has scored in 10 of its last 13 innings. Before that it was shut out in 89 of 104 innings, beginning with the sixth inning on April 4, against Texas.
• C.J. Riefenhauser was recalled prior to Saturday night's game. Consisting of 12 letters, the surname "Riefenhauser" ties that of right-hander Jason Isringhausen as the longest in Rays history. The player with the longest surname currently playing in the Major Leagues is Miami's Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
• Friday night's 11-5 win was the seventh time in Rays history that they beat the Yankees after trailing by four or more runs -- and the first time since their memorable comeback from a seven-run deficit on the final day of the 2011 season.
The 16 runs allowed on Saturday were the most the Yankees have given up since July 14, 2011, against the Blue Jays in Toronto (also 16). New York's pitching staff has allowed 27 runs in their last two games after allowing just 13 over their previous seven.