New York state of mind (again) ...

Lots of buzz at Tropicana Field on Wednesday with the arrival of the Yankees, and their fans who made the trek from Tampa. The Rays always have almost a sense of amusement at how hectic the field gets when the Yankees come out for batting practice. Of course, the fact that there are hundreds of fans screaming for the Yankees and only a handful for the Rays is worth noting too.

The Rays continue to get healthier, with SS Julio Lugo saying he could be ready as soon as Thursday, though it seems that Friday in Oakland remains the more likely scenario.

Manager Joe Maddon said he spent quite a bit of time during his morning bike ride Wednesday thinking about lineup possibilities with Lugo and 3B Aubrey Huff, who is also expected to return on Friday.

For Wednesday, the Rays are sticking with what has become their almost ""regular'' lineup, with Joey Gathright in center, Carl Crawford in left, Jonny Gomes at DH, Ty Wigginton at second, Toby Hall catching, Travis Lee at first, Damon Hollins in right, Sean Burroughs at third and Tomas Perez at short.

On Thursday, the Rays get another chance to beat up on Randy Johnson, who is winless against them in his last six starts.


The Yankees are still without Gary Sheffield, whose sore wrist is improving. Sheffield said there is a chance he could play Thursday.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]

    

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