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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:
Bartlett ss
Crawford lf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Upton cf
Aybar 1b
Burrell dh
Shoppach c
Kapler rf
Davis p

And for the Yankees:
Jeter ss
Johnson dh
Teixeira 1b
A-Rod 3b
Cano 2b
Swisher rf
Granderson cf
Gardner lf
Cervelli c
Sabathia p



[Last modified: Monday, May 10, 2010 12:15am]


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