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Maddon: "An odor" of gamesmanship by Yankees

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The Rays didn't find out until 10:30 this morning who the Yankees were pitching in the 1:05 first game of today's doubleheader, which manager Joe Maddon said had "an odor" of gamesmanship.

The Yankees said they had to see how scheduled Game 1 starter Phil Hughes felt this morning and decided due to back spasms he couldn't go and switched to Hector Noesi. But Maddon said the Rays had heard - "from our sources" - last night that the Yankees were going to move CC Sabathia to the day game. But then Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that was never a possibility.

So was there gamesmanship by the Yankees?

"I don't know that,'' Maddon said. "It had an odor of that in a sense. I don't know if that's exactly what's going on. I'm okay with gamesmanship, I'm into gamesmanship. It's part of the dance and I'm good with all that stuff.''

The Rays similarly considered a switch, but decided after Tuesday's game to stick with their plan and have James Shields work the day game and Jeremy Hellickson at night.

Maddon said there were different ways to look at it, whether it was better for the Rays to match up Shields with Sabathia, to have Ben Zobrist in the lineup vs. Sabathia, to build momentum going into the night game.

Maddon acknowledged that the Rays engage in some gamesmanship on an occasional basis. He also said it's "within their purview" for the Yankees to do so.

[Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2011 12:15am]

    

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