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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Saturday when the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays meet at Tropicana Field.

Lefthander CC Sabathia will take the mound for the Yankees to start this game. Sabathia is 11-10 this season with a 4.83 ERA.

Sabathia's opponent in this one will be David Price. The Rays lefthander has a 3.29 ERA to go along with a 7-5 record this season.

Last time out for New York, they were a 7-2 loser as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -109 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Team records:
New York: 68-60 SU
Tampa Bay: 73-53 SU

New York most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
NY Yankees are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
NY Yankees are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
Tampa Bay is 15-5 SU in their last 20 games when playing at home against NY Yankees

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to NY Yankees, Sunday, August 25