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UPDATE, 2:58: Longoria didn't get the ball from his 100th homer on Friday, it was hit into the Yankees pen and, with none of them apparently knowing the significance, it was tossed into the stands. A fan who claimed to have to ball offered to trade it back, and then another fan was waiting at the player entrance/exit and claimed to have it, but since the Rays had no way to know they didn't make any deals. .. .Longoria said the reason for his recent increased performance is that his left foot, in which he has a nerve problem, has been feeling better, the result of a change in treatement (from hot to cold) and shoes (a new model of his Nike cleats with a wider toe box). ... Maddon said he went back to Robinson Chirinos behind the plate today since the Yankees were starting a righthander. ... There will be a pre-game ceremony honoring Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit.

Yankees lineup:
Gardner lf
Jeter ss
Granderson cf
Teixeira 1b
Cano 2b
Swisher rf
Chavez 3b
Posada dh
Martin c
Hughes p

UPDATE, 1:10: Rays lineup, with Chirinos behind the plate:
Jennings lf,
Damon dh,
Longoria 3b,
Zobrist 2b,
Kotchman 1b,
Upton cf,
Joyce rf,
Rodriguez ss,
Chirinos c,
Hellickson p

DEVELOPING: The Rays look to extend their season-high winning streak to six games, and close within 6 1/2 games of the wild-card spot, in today's 4 p.m. nationally televised game against the Yankees. They also could move to a season-best 11 games over .500 at 65-54 with a win.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson will be on the mound for the Rays, seeking his 11th win, and a memorable 50th birthday present for his father Steve, who came to visit from Iowa.

The Yankees will start Phil Hughes, who has had an up and down season.

Today's game will be preceded by a ceremony honoring Derek Jeter for getting his 3,000th hit, which came against the Rays July 9.

"We don't seem to miss a ceremony around here,'' manager Joe Maddon said.



[Last modified: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:15am]


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