Posted: 4/2/2017 5:22:24 AM
The Yankees are coming off an 84-78 season in 2016, when they posted a winning record for the 24th straight year. The only franchise to ever produce a longer streak was also the Yankees, when they boasted winning records for 39 straight seasons between 1926 and 1964.At 68-94, the 2016 Rays were the only team in the American League East to finish below .500. Tampa Bay sank to the basement of the division for the first time since 2007. The Rays finished with a losing record each of the past three years, after posting winning marks each of the previous six seasons.The Yankees captured five of six series against the Rays in 2016, going 11-8 over the 19 meetings. And over the past two seasons combined, the Yankees are 23-15 versus Tampa Bay while winning 10 of 12 series.Masahiro Tanaka is 6-0 in eight career starts versus the Rays. The last Yankees starter to begin his MLB tenure with such a long winning streak versus any opponent was Chien-Ming Wang, who won his first seven decisions against Seattle between 2005 and 2008.Through his first eight career starts against the Yankees, Chris Archer was 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA and only one home run allowed (0.16 per nine innings). But he's lost each of his last five starts versus New York while compiling a 4.05 ERA and surrendering seven homers (1.89 per nine innings).has pitched twice on Opening Day, losing in each of the last two seasons.
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