Another bite of the apple?
Update, 6:19 The Rays just said they will have some type of annoucement at 6:45 p.m., but didn't say anything else.
RHP James Shields will be on the mound when the Rays seek a third straight win over the Yankees and try to hang on to first place in the AL East.
The Yankees, 19-21 and 4 1/2 games behind the Rays, held a 30-minute closed door meeting before batting practice. The Rays did too, but it was a previously scheduled session feature legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, who was the guest of manager Joe Maddon. Boxer Hector Camacho, who is making a comeback, was also on the field and in the clubhouse.
The only real decision in the Rays lineup was playing Gabe Gross over Eric Hinske in rightfield. Maddon had two reasons - Hinske has struggled against Yankees starter Mike Mussina, and Gross gives the Rays better defense.
Also, C Dioner Navarro will get Thursday's afternoon game off, with Shawn Riggans scheduled to start. And SS Jason Bartlet and 2B Akinori Iwamura are each likely to get a day off on the upcoming road trip.
And the Rays agreed to let the Pirates keep RHP Evan Meek, in return for cash considerations. Meek had been a Rule 5 pick who was designated for assignment and after he cleared waivers the Pirates had to first offer him back to the Rays, who could have had him back for $25,000.
OF Nathan Haynes cleared waivers and the Rays are waiting to hear if he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Durham.
Earlier Wednesday, the Rays announced they had reinstated RHP Al Reyes from the DL and designated for assignment RHP Scott Dohmann.
And, in a related matter, the Rays moved the announcement of the proposed stadium financing plan from noon to 3 p.m. and changed the location from Tropicana Field to St. Petersburg City Hall.