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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees

Update 5:30 p.m. OF Matt Joyce (oblique strain) is leaving for Durham tonight and is scheduled to play in two minor league rehab games for the Bulls Wednesday and Thursday, and definitely believes he'll join the Rays during the Cleveland series (July 5-8). Joyce said he plans to play nine innings in the outfield Wednesday and go from there.


*DH/OF Hideki Matsui, who felt tightness in his left hamstring Monday, said he's feeling better today and even hit in the cage, saying he's available to pinch hit tonight. Manager Joe Maddon said Matsui is feeling better than both he and the Rays anticipated, so it doesn't sound like there will be any disabled list stint.

*Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) will stay back in St. Petersburg to rehab when the team travels to Cleveland to end the first half. Head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield will also stay back to work with Longoria and prepare him for another minor league rehab stint, which Maddon said could happen after the All-Star break.  

*Maddon said he doesn't anticipate Rays moves leading up to the trade deadline, pointing out they're just going to get healthy, with Joyce, 3B Evan Longoria and OF Sam Fuld (wrist surgery) being like acquisitions.

Developing: The Rays, coming off a big come-from-behind win over the Yankees, will try to do it again tonight in another matchup at Tropicana Field.

RHP James Shields will get the start on the mound, saying he wants to improve his ability to go deeper into games. RHP Ivan Nova, who has been tough on the Rays in his career, will start for the Yankees.

Rays lineup
Jennings lf
Pena 1b
Upton cf
Keppinger 3b
Zobrist rf
Scott dh
Molina c
Rodriguez 2b
JOhnson ss
Shields rhp

Yankees lineup
Jeter ss
Granderson cf
Rodriguez 3b
Cano 2b
Swisher rf
Ibanez dh
Chavez 1b
Martin c
Wise lf
Nova rhp

[Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 12:39am]


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