Rays at Yankees, on a memorable night
UPDATE, 5:31: Rodriguez's problem started when the sprinkler system went off accidentally and flooded his condo, Maddon said. Rodriguez has two young children and Maddon said he had no problem with Rodriguez taking care of his family matters first. "There still must have been some issues today,'' Maddon said.
Plus, Maddon said he was deciding between Rodriguez, Kapler and Aybar for two lineup spots. "I never really try to examine fate in a sense,'' Maddon said. "If fate wants Kapler in the lineup, they've ... got him.''
Also, Maddon said he spoke to all four All-Stars and all returned healthy from Anaheim and ready to go, though David Price had no equipment for pre-game work as it was inadvertently shipped to the Yankees spring stadium in Tampa rather than here to New York. "Everybody's fine,'' Maddon said. "They all reported well.''
UPDATE, 5:29: Yankees lineup:
UPDATE, 4;50: Rodriguez was delayed due to further complications from flooding incident on Thursday at his Redington Beach condo, expected in NY sometime during game.
UPDATE, 4:23: Sean Rodriguez was in the original lineup at second but was scratched, so Kapler went to rightfield and Zobrist to second.
UPDATE, 4:15: Rays lineup:
DEVELOPING: A number of Rays were on the field for early workouts - including All-Star 3B Evan Longoria - before what will be a memorable night, as the Yankees publicly say good-bye to owner George Steinbrenner and legendary PA announcer Bob Sheppard, who both died in the last week, in ceremonies set to start about 6:45, 20 minutes before scheduled first pitch.
The Rays are respectful of the process and the ceremony, and also trying to stay focused on the game, as they trail the Yankees by two games in the AL East. "It's really all about the Yankees,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "From our perspective, we respect the Yankees and Mr. Steinbrenner and his legacy obviously. I'm sure it’s going to be a lot more emotional for them.’’