Gameday live: Rays vs. Yankees (ss)
UPDATE, 10:22: Rays win 6-2, improve to MLB best 12-4.
UPDATE, 10:01: Rays take a 6-2 lead into the ninth.
UPDATE, 9:40: Rays expand the lead to 4-2 with an RBI single by Carl Crawford in the seventh after Hank Blalock walked and stole second.
UPDATE, 9:23: Rays take the 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
UPDATE, 9:06: Rays take a 3-2 lead with a created run - Longoria reached on an infield single, went to second on a wild pitch, third on Pena's broken-bat infield (well short rightfield given the shift) single and scored on Zobrist's single.
UPDATE, 8:59: Ekstrom got out of it with a ground ball. Niemann's line - 4 2/3 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 7 Ks.
UPDATE, 8:49: Niemann left with two on and two out in the sixth, with Mike Ekstrom getting a chance to get out of the mess.
UPDATE, 8:29: Niemann looks strong in the fifth, striking out Swisher swinging and freezing Jorge Posada on a curveball to keep it 2-2 midway through the fifth.
UPDATE, 8:18: Rays tie it when Longoria advances to third on Mitre's balk and scores on Carlos Pena's ground out.
UPDATE, 8:14: Rays get a run when Jason Bartlett walks, goes to second on Carl Crawford's infield out and scores on Evan Longoria's double pulled down the leftfield line.
UPDATE, 8:08: Niemann responded impressively, striking out the three after the homer - albeit Ramiro Pena, Brandon Laird and Eduardo Nunez.
UPDATE, 8:03: While Rays have gone nine up and nine down, Yankees expanded lead to 2-0 on a well-struck homer by Juan Miranda.
UPDATE, 7:45: Yankees take a 1-0 lead on a single by Nick Swisher after Brett Grander reached on an infield single and Curtis Granderson was hit by a Niemann pitch.
UPDATE, 7:35: Quick second inning on both sides, as Jeff Niemann took over for the Rays and Sergio Mitre has retired the first six Tampa Bay hitters.
UPDATE, 7:13: Dan Wheeler's first and only inning goes well, as he allows just a one-out single to Curtis Granderson.
DEVELOPING: Just about ready to start on a nice night and a full house here in Port Charlotte.
Here are the lineups: