In Wednesday's series finale between the Yankees and Rays at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter will have a chance to pass Lou Gehrig in the New York record books on the same day the Yankees honor a legend.
Jeter tied Gehrig for the most doubles in Yankees history with his 534th career two-base hit in the fourth inning of Tuesday's 2-1 loss.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Yankees (41-41) will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech, which Gehrig gave on July 4, 1939, before they try to avoid a sweep against last-place Tampa Bay (37-49).
Wednesday's ceremony will kick off Major League Baseball's league-wide effort to spread awareness of and raise funds for ALS research.
"The Yankees have to be leaders in this project," said Debbie Tymon, the Yankees' senior vice president of marketing. "It's Lou Gehrig's disease, so we really need to kick this off. We really need to lead the awareness, lead the fight and impact the fundraising, because it's part of our history."
After a pregame on-field ceremony, New York will turn to Vidal Nuno -- who has never made an appearance past June -- to play stopper. The Yankees have lost four straight games and eight of their last 10.
It will be the fourth career start against the Rays for Nuno, who has not made more than two starts against any other team. His two starts against Tampa Bay this season were both no-decisions -- a five-inning scoreless outing on April 20, and a 4 2/3-innings, four-run outing on May 2.
The Rays will counter with Jake Odorizzi, who has been on a roll since a one-run effort against his hometown Cardinals on June 10.
In his last start against the Orioles, Odorizzi admitted that none of his pitches were working, but he still managed to only give up one run over five innings while walking four and allowing six hits.
"There's gonna be times when one pitch isn't working for you, two pitches, and you have to deal with what you have," Odorizzi said. "To be able to work around that type of thing just kind of helps in your development and your growing as a player."
In Odorizzi's only start against the Yankees this year back in April, he went just four innings while giving up three earned runs.
Yankees: Sabathia's next rehab start pushed up a day
CC Sabathia's second Minor League rehabilitation start has been moved up to Wednesday for Double-A Trenton against Portland. The Yankees had previously said that he was scheduled to pitch Thursday for the Thunder.
"We drew out a schedule, talked about the days that he could possibly pitch, and because he didn't throw a ton of pitches the other day we could move him up a day, and we'll do that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And then after that it'll be every five days."
Sabathia, who has been on the disabled list since May 11 with fluid and inflammation in his right knee, has been itching to get back into the Yankees' rotation.
"It [stinks] just sitting around and not being a part of the team," he said. "It [stinks] for me just sitting here watching how tough it is and watch these guys grind."
In his first rehab start for Class A Advanced Tampa on Saturday, Sabathia threw 37 pitches over 2 1/3 innings and, most importantly to the Yankees, he reported no pain. He is expected to increase his pitch count by about 15 pitches with each outing.
Rays: Beliveau called up to replace Escobar, aid bullpen
Tampa Bay called up left-hander Jeff Beliveau on Tuesday to replace shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness late after Monday night's game.
Beliveau made two appearances for the Rays in April, throwing two scoreless innings, but he hadn't been with the club since he was sent down to Triple-A Durham on April 13.
In 26 appearances for the Durham Bulls, the southpaw has a 1.10 ERA with 10 saves and has given up just four runs over 32 2/3 innings.
"Beliveau's been doing really, really well," said manager Joe Maddon. "We've been hearing nothing but good things about him, too. The guys that have come up here have really helped us a lot. Is it going to be short term? I'm not sure exactly. I think once our bullpen gets in order again, if we want to reconsider, we can."
• The Yankees have baseball's best record when holding opponents to four runs or less and in games decided by two or fewer runs, but have lost two straight games to the Rays despite hitting both of those checkpoints.
• On Tuesday, Tampa Bay ace David Price fell one strikeout short of recording his sixth straight double-digit strikeout game. His five straight games of 10 or more punchouts was the longest such streak since Johan Santana did it for the Twins in 2004.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.