Nomo aims to outduel Big Unit again

Nomo hopes history repeats itself in N.Y.

After winning the opener of their four-game series with the Yankees, the Rays will try to win their second straight in a 7:05 p.m. ET contest Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

The Rays hold a 5-2 advantage over the Yankees in 2005.

Right-hander Hideo Nomo will start for the Rays. He had his best performance of the year last Wednesday, when he allowed two runs in seven innings against Milwaukee in route to his 200th career victory (Japan and Major Leagues combined).

Left-hander Randy Johnson will start for the Yankees. He lost to the Rays -- and Nomo -- April 19 at Yankee Stadium. Johnson pitched a complete game against the Pirates in his last start Thursday.

After concluding their four-game series with the Yankees, the Rays will return home to play three against the Marlins and three against the Blue Jays.

Pitching matchup
TB: RHP Hideo Nomo
• 4-6, 6.31 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 5.23 ERA against NY in 2005

NYY: LHP Randy Johnson
• 7-5, 3.51 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 6.14 ERA against TB in 2005

Player to watch
Eduardo Perez hit two home runs against Johnson on April 19.

"I felt good to get a hit. I thought I popped it up. He just happened to be playing me deep in right-center, so I got a break there."-- Aubrey Huff on his bases-loaded double Sunday

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• TB: 1250 WHNZ AM (Español)
• NY: WCBS (Español)

Quick hits
Dewon Brazelton will start for Double-A Montgomery on Tuesday night. It's likely he'll throw 50 pitches. ... Cardinals manager Tony La Russa now leads the head-to-head competition with his childhood friend, Rays manager Lou Piniella. Teams managed by La Russa hold a 44-35 lead, which includes postseason, when Piniella's Reds swept La Russa's A's in the 1990 World Series. ... The Rays have a 1-10 Sunday mark and are 4-4 on Father's Day. ... The Rays' 23 wins were the fewest after 69 games in Piniella's tenure as manager and the second fewest in club history ahead of only the 2001 club. ... Jorge Cantu drew his fifth and sixth walks of the season in 239 plate appearances. ... Huff's double on Sunday was his first hit with the bases loaded since Sept. 3, 2002, against Anaheim. The hit ended an 0-for-17 drought with the bases loaded.

On deck
• Wednesday: at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: vs. Marlins, 7:15 p.m. ET

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.