For starters, Rays vs Yankees
Update 12:34 p.m. RHP Jeff Niemann said his bullpen session Sunday went well, and he should be "good to go" to make his next scheduled start, Tuesday in Baltimore.
Niemann, who bruised his right shoulder after getting hit by a line drive Thursday, said he felt good after throwing 25 pitches. And manager Joe Maddon said while he will still talk with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, "all indications are a go" for Niemann to pitch Tuesday.
In other injury news, LHP J.P. Howell (shoulder weakness) played catch from 45 feet today and said he felt really good, another encouraging step in working his way back. He said he'll take tommorrow off and throw again Tuesday, working his way up to 60 feet, with mid-to-late May still the target return date.
Developing: The Rays will go for a series win against the Yankees today, having split the first two games, before heading on a 10-game, 11-day road trip tonight.
After nearly getting no-hit by Yankees ace CC Sabathia Saturday, it doesn't get much easier for the Rays with RHP A.J. Burnett on the mound this afternoon. RHP James Shields will make his second start, having delivered a solid performance on Opening Day.
RHP Jeff Niemann is scheduled to throw a bullpen session this morning to test his bruised right shoulder, with the results going a long way to decide whether he makes his next start, Tuesday in Baltimore.
Here is the lineup:
And for the Yankees: