Rays at Yankees, on another big day
UPDATE, 2:25: Not much from Maddon's pre-game media session, except that he agreed with B.J. Upton that Mariano Rivera balked in picking off Upton in the ninth inning on Friday, and he plans to stick with Carlos Pena in the cleanup spot for now, feeling that Pena showed signs of improvement before the break, and not wanting to re-evaluate him based on Friday's performance vs. the always difficult CC Sabathia.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are getting ready to try again against the Yankees, on a historic old-timers day at Yankee Stadium. While most of Friday's tribute was focused on George Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday, today's events are dedicated to legendary PA man Bob Sheppard, who died last Sunday.
The old-timers celebration, which had already been scheduled for this weekend, brought together more than 40 former Yankees, and brought out even more stories about Steinbrenner. The focus of the day was to be the 60th anniversary of the 1950 team. Yogi Berra, who was to be one of the honored guests, had to cancel after falling on Friday at his home.
Sean Rodriguez is already at the stadium after missing Friday's game dealing with the aftermath of Thursday's accidental flooding of his Redington Beach condo.
Also, on Tuesday in Baltimore, Rays representatives will participate in the launch of a new White House initiative by appearing with first lad Michelle Obama at Camden Yards. The Rays says it is a joint initiative by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the White House, and that following the announcement, members of the Rays and Orioles will conduct a clinic on the field for 50 young baseball players from local RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) leagues and Boys & Girls Clubs. In attendance will be First Lady Michelle Obama; Sue Selig, wife of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig; Tim Brosnan, MLB Executive Vice President, Business; Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg; Rays President Matt Silverman; and Orioles Managing Partner Peter Angelos.
And, the Rays have signed 10th-round draft pick Deshun Dixon, a CF from Terry (Ms.) High.
The Rays lineup for Saturday: