For starters, Rays vs. Yankees without Pena
Update 1:04 p.m. RHP Jeff Niemann said he was very encouraged how his bruised right shoulder felt after playing catch at the Trop today,
"and if I keep making progress like that I should be just fine for that next start" Tuesday in Baltimore. The real test will come Sunday, when Niemann throws his usual between-starts bullpen session; if he's not ready to go, manager Joe Maddon said they'd go with long man, RHP Andy Sonnanstine on Tuesday.
In other pre-game tid-bits from Maddon, he went with a lineup filled with right-handers against LHP CC Sabathia. With the Yankees ace tough on Carlos Pena (4-for-29 in his career) and Carl Crawford (10-for-38), Maddon considered even going without Crawford today, but he wanted to keep his defense on the field, especially after all the great plays he's already made this week.
Maddon said with LHP David Price's strong performance last night, he helped save the bullpen a bit, with most the group available tonight (with the exception of Sonnanstine, who threw 54 pitches Thursday).
Developing: The Rays host the Yankees in Fox's 3 p.m. national TV game and, as expected, 1B Carlos Pena is not in the lineup, with manager Joe Maddon givign him the day off against tough lefty CC Sabathia - whose Sept. 7 pitch broke two fingers on Pena's left hand and ended his season. Willy Aybar is at first and Pat Burrell back at DH, and B.J. Upton moves up to the No. 5 spot in the order.
Here is the lineup:
And for the Yankees: