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For starters, Rays at Yankees needing a win



UPDATE, 12:08: Maddon said Longoria feeling good enough to go back to third enabled him to have more flexibility with the lineup, as did having a fly ball pitcher such as Moore on the mound, thus Keppinger at 2B and Scott (rather than Pena) at 1B. ... Maddon said the Rays felt Moore's drop in velocity may have been the result of being too concerned about tipping his pitches so they just want him to go out today and throw. ... Maddon said they are still talking about giving Chris Archer a start on the homestand but haven't picked a day.

Yankees lineup:

Jeter dh
Swisher rf
A-Rod 3b
Cano 2b
Martin c
Jones lf
Granderson cf
Pearce 1b
Nunez ss
Kuroda p

UPDATE, 10:56: Longoria is back at 3B, with Luke Scott at 1B and Matt Joyce at DH.
Rays lineup:
Jennings lf
Zobrist ss
Longoria 3b
Joyce dh
Upton cf
Scott 1b
Keppinger 2b
Fuld rf
Lobaton c
Moore p


The math is more forgiving, but the Rays take the field today at Yankee Stadium with the feeling they need to win to stay in the race for a playoff spot.

They begin the morning four behind the Yankees in the AL East and 3 behind the Orioles for the second wild-card, though with the Angels also ahead of them.

LHP Matt Moore will be on the mound for the Rays, seeking an answer to his unexpected dropoff in velocity in his last start. The Yankees are starting Hiroki Kuroda.

A lack of offense has been and continues to be the Rays problem, and here is another way to measure it: Saturday was the 29th game this season they entered the fifth inning with one hit or less.

Lineups when available.


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:39am]


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