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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees, with destiny in their hands

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UPDATE, 6:02: Casey Kotchman was scratched from the lineup after being taken out of the clubhouse on a stretcher and to a local hopsital for precautionary tests after experiencing tightness in his chest. Sean Rodriguez moved up in the lineup and to first base, and Reid Brignac went into the lineup at shortstop. ... Rodriguez has started two 2 games at 1B this season, and played there in two others. No errors in 18 chances.

New lineup looks like this:
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Damon dh
Zobrist 2b
Rodriguez 1b
Shoppach c
Brignac ss
Hellickson rhp
 

YANKEES LINEUP
Nunez ss
Granderson cf
Cano 2b
A-Rod 3b
Teixeira 1b
Swisher rf
Posada dh
Martin c
Gardner lf
Colon p

Update 3:42 p.m. Here's the Rays lineup, with C Kelly Shoppach once again behind the plate.

RF Matt Joyce, who fouled a ball off his right foot Monday night and left the game late, is in the lineup but has his foot wrapped and taped.

Rays lineup
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Longoria 3b
Joyce rf
Damon dh
Zobrist 2b
Kotchman 1b
Shoppach c
Rodriguez ss
Hellickson rhp

Developing: Now tied for the wild-card lead with Boston, the Rays take the field tonight against the Yankees with a simple goal - win.

If the Rays win their final two games against the Yankees, the worst they can do is end up in one-game playoff with the Red Sox, at Tropicana Field on Thursday afternoon.

The Rays will have rookie Jeremy Hellickson on the mound tonight, and the Yankees will have Bartolo Colon, who has not won since July 30 and has looked bad in doing so.

The website coolstandings.com, which runs extensive computer simulations, has increased the Rays chances to make the playoffs to 36.6 percent.

With two games left in the regular season, the Rays playing the Yankees and the struggling Sox at Baltimore, here are the scenarios for the Rays:

Rays win two, Sox win two: One-game playoff at Trop Thursday late afternoon.
Rays lose two, Sox lose two: One-game playoff at Trop Thursday late afternoon.
Rays win one, Sox win one: One-game playoff at Trop Thursday late afternoon.

Rays win two, Sox win one or none: Rays clinch wild-card on Wednesday, open playoffs Friday at Texas or Detroit.

Rays win one or none, Sox win two: Sox clinch wild-card on Wednesday, open playoffs Friday at Texas or Detroit.

 

 

 

[Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:15am]

    

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