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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees, seeking a sweep



UPDATE, 5:50: Maddon said he wanted to give Upton today off so he could get two days off with the team being off Thursday. And he said he had a reason for batting Fuld ahead of Jennings that he would reveal after the game - if it works as he hoped. Maddon also said Longoria needed 1 more day at DH - thus Scott at 1B, with a flyball pitcher on the mound - and then should be good to go bck to 3B on Friday. .... Maddon said there was good news from RHP Jeff Niemann's visit to Dr. James Andrews, that his shoulder has no more than inflammation in the rotator cuff and it's not impossible he could return this season.

The lineup for the Yankees, who had a 20-minute team meeting before batting practice:
Jeter ss
Swisher rf
Cano dh
Rodriguez 3b
Martin c
Granderson cf
Jones lf
Pearce 1b
Nix 2b
Kuroda p

UPDATE, 4:20: B.J. Upton is not in the lineup, Luke Scott is at first and Longoria at DH. Rays lineup:
Fuld cf
Jennings lf
Zobrist ss
Longoria dh
Joyce rf
Scott 1b
Keppinger 3b
Lobaton c
Johnson 2b
Moore p

BREAKING:  The Rays are looking to make it a clean sweep of the sinking Yankees tonight, and will have Matt Moore on the mound for the 7:10 start.

The Rays have won the first two games of the series, and in the process helped the Yankees give away the last remains of what was a 10-game AL East lead in mid-July.

The Rays did so with some small ball tactics on Monday, and then with three homers and a strong start by Alex Cobb on Tuesday.

The Yankees are starting RHP Hiroki Kuroda, so it will be interesting - as usual - to see what the Rays lineup looks like.


[Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:40am]


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