Gameday report: Rays at Yankees

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UPDATE, 6:16: Not much news from manager Joe Maddon's pre-game, though it continues to sound more and more like Matt Joyce won't be playing the outfield in a spring game for at least another week. Joyce remains limited to hitting due to his right elbow strain, and probably won't even resume throwing at all until the beginning of next week.

Here is the Yankees lineup, missing a couple of big names:
Jeter ss
Granderson cf
Swisher rf
Posada c
Cano 2b
Thames DH
Winn lf
Miranda 1b
Pena 3b
Vazquez p

UPDATE, 2:55: Matt Garza threw six innings in a Triple-A game against the Orioles, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking none. Garza was due to pitch against the Yankees on Thursday, but the Rays decided not to have him face them since he would during the season.
 
Garza said he made a concerted effort to maintain his intensity and focus despite pitching on the practice field with only a few dozen people watching. "I went out there with a mission to get better and not to let the situation dictate how I was going to be,'' Garza said. "If I let that happen now what's not to make me let it happen during the season. And I think that's been my downfall in seasons, I throw so well against teams that are hyped up and when I throw against teams that aren't I tend to play to their level and I'm looking for that to change.''

UPDATE, 1:57: Here is the Rays lineup:

Bartlett ss
Crawford lf
Zobrist rf
Pena 1b
Aybar 3b
Upton cf
Burrell dh
Rodriguez 2b
Navarro c
Hernandez p
 

DEVELOPING: The Rays who didn't head to their Tampa Bay area homes after Wednesday's game are gathering here in Port Charlotte before heading to Tampa for tonight's game at Steinbrenner Field. 

There is no lineup posted yet, but among the players scheduled to make the trip are Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, Carlos Pena, Ben Zobrist, Jason Bartlett and Pat Burrell. 

Matt Garza is pitching in a Triple-A game here, with Joe Dillon catching and Matt Joyce as the DH.b

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