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Rays ready for Yankees - again



After an impressive 7-1 win in the opening game, the Rays are resting up before Saturday's nightcap. The two "ironmen" of the day are Fernando Perez, who is starting both games in centerfield, and Ben Zobrist, who played the opener at second and the night game at shortstop.

The opener couldn't have gone better pitching-wise, as the strong eight innings from James Shields allowed the Rays to have their full bullpen available for the night game. It will be interesting to see how long they leave Matt Garza in the game, since there is a possibility they will bring him back on short rest to pitch Wednesday against Boston.

Also, 3B Evan Longoria came through his first game since Aug. 7, when his right wrist was fractured by a pitch, with no problems, getting two hits and making a big play. He was scheduled to have the night game off - though could be used to pinch-hit or play defense, and expects to be back in the lineup on Sunday.

Carlos Pena gets the night off for the Rays. Alex Rodriguez, who missed the first game with a stiff neck, is the DH tonight for the Yankees.

Here are the lineups:

Iwamura, 2b
Zobrist, ss
Johnson, 1b
Floyd, dh
Aybar, 3b
Hinske, lf
Navarro, c
Gross, rf
Perez, cf
Garza, p

Gardner, cf
Jeter, ss
Abreu, rf
A. Rodriguez, dh
Nady, lf
Cano, 2b
Betemit, 1b
I. Rodriguez, c
Ransom, 3b
Ponson, p

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:39am]


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