Jackson has endured some tough times with the Rays, like the first half of the 2007 season when he went 1-9 with a 7.23 ERA in 17 games (16 starts). But he survived to have a better second half, during which he went 4-6 with a 4.48 ERA in 15 starts.
Of note in Saturday's game, Elliot Johnson, the Rays' utility infielder who started a firestorm in Spring Training when he ran over Yankees catching prospect Francisco Cervelli, will get his first Major League start. In addition, Jonny Gomes will be getting his first start of the season after serving his one-game suspension Friday night.
TB: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-15, 5.76 ERA in 2007)
Jackson is 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA in seven career appearances against the Yankees.
Pettitte will be limited to 75-80 pitches after experiencing back spasms during Spring Training. Tidbits
The Rays-Orioles game that was rained out Thursday night in Baltimore has been rescheduled for 5:05 p.m. ET on Sept. 23 as part of a day-night doubleheader. The Rays had two games rained out in 2007. ... Eric Hinske started at third base Friday night for the first time since July 22, 2006, when he played for the Blue Jays in a game against the Yankees in Toronto. Hinske went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs to push his average to .375. ... Scott Kazmir will throw a bullpen session Saturday morning at 9:45. Kazmir, who is on the disabled list, is expected to use all of his pitches and throw 55-60 pitches. Tickets
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Sunday: Rays (James Shields, 1-0, 2.57) at Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 1-0, 2.57), 1:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Rays (Jason Hammel, 3-5, 6.14 in 2007) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 0-1, 4.76), 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Rays (Matt Garza, 0-0, 8.44) vs. Mariners (TBD), 7:10 p.m. ET
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.