The New York Yankees have played nine straight series at Tropicana Field without winning any of them.
The Tampa Bay Rays have taken 13 of the last 16 home meetings as part of that run heading into Friday night's opener of a three-game set between these AL East rivals.
New York (28-18) hasn't captured a series at Tropicana since winning two of three April 9-11, 2010. The Rays (24-22) outscored the Yankees 11-5 with a 5-1 edge in homers in taking two of three at home in the lone 2013 series between these clubs April 22-24.
Tampa Bay star Evan Longoria is batting .397 during a career-high 16-game hitting streak that is three shy of Jason Bartlett's club-record run in 2009. Longoria has reached base in all 25 games since going 0 for 4 against New York on April 24, hitting .386 with 19 RBIs and 23 runs scored in that span.
Longoria isn't surprised that the injury-plagued Yankees are leading the powerful AL East.
"They are a team that's playing as a team," Longoria told the Rays' off...