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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees, in a tight race



UPDATE, 6:23: Maddon said there are "no concerns" about Longoria, but since his legs felt tired and a bit fatigued on Monday they didn't wnt to take any chances, so that's why he left the game early and why he is the DH tonight. Also, Longoria hit early but didn't take BP on the field with the rest of the team. ... Maddon said RHP Jeff Niemann will have his shoulder checked further, but "I don't anticipate him pitching anytime soon.'' ... Maddon and exec VP Andrew Friedman met this afternoon to discuss the rotation going forward, with some concern over the amount of innings ALex Cobb has pitched - 106 2/3 in the majors, 41 1/3 in the minors. ... As a potential hedge, the Rays are exploring sending RHP Chris Archer from Triple-A Durham to Double-A Montgomery so he can make at least one start in the Southern League playoffs and remain sharp for a potential call-up. ... C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt and RHP Dane De La Rosa are set to join the team on Wednesday.

Yankees lineup:
Jeter ss
Granderson cf
Swisher 1b
Cano dh
Rodriguez 3b
Ibanez lf
Nix 2b
Dickerson rf
Stewart c
Garcia p

UPDATE, 3:39: Longoria is in the Rays lineup, though at DH. Pena is at 1B and Scott on the bench.

Jennings lf
Upton cf
Zobrist ss
Longoria dh
Joyce rf
Keppinger 3b
Pena 1b
Roberts 2b
Molina c
Cobb p

BREAKING: The Rays are looking to extend their latest winning streak and keep the pressure on the fading Yankees in a 7:10 game.

RHP Alex Cobb will be on the mound for the Rays, looking to do better than his last start, and the Yankees will counter with Freddy Garcia.

The Rays have won three straight, the last two in Toronto and then Monday's series opener with the Yankees.

3B Evan Longoria left Monday's game after seven innings, but said he will be back in the lineup tonight.

The Yankees, who led the AL East by 10 games on July 18, now lead only by one over the Orioles and 2 1/2 over the Rays.

Lineups when available.



[Last modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:39am]


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