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For starters, Rays at Yankees, still alive



UPDATE, 6:18: Maddon basically reversed course and went with Jaso to start at catcher in hopes of getting some offense out of him, then would bring Shoppach in for defense. ... Maddon said both Price and Niemann are good to go physically for their upcoming starts.

UPDATE, 5:08: Jeff Niemann said he had some soreness in his upper back after Saturday's start, which is the reason he is being pushed back. He said there is no question that he will be ready this Saturday. .... Matt Joyce said any contact with the umpire after the final out last night was incidental and he does not expect to be suspended. ... For what it's worth, if the Rays finish tied with the Red Sox or Angels, they would host a one-game playoff at the Trop next Thursday. A three-way tie is obviously more complicated. ... David Price has already headed back home to be rested for Friday's start.

Yankees lineup, missing Cano, Granderson and A-Rod:
Jeter SS,
Nunez 2B,
Teixeira DH,
Swisher RF,
Jones LF,
Montero C,
Posada 1B,
Laird 3B,
Golson CF,
Colon P

UPDATE, 4:20: Rays lineup includes Jaso and Brignac:
Jennings lf,
Upton cf,
Longoria 3b,
Joyce rf,
Damon dh,
Zobrist 2b,
Kotchman 1b,
Jaso c,
Brignac ss,
Moore p

DEVELOPING: Despite losing three straight to the now-AL East champion Yankees, the Rays go into tonight's game still alive in the wild-card race.

They start the day 2 1/2 games out, and with the struggling Red Sox off today, the Rays have a chance, with a win, to go home two games out with six to play. The Angels, who are tied with the Rays, play at Toronto tonight.

Rookie phenom Matt Moore will be on the mound for the Rays, thurst into the rotation to make his first start when RHP Jeff Niemann reported some stiffness and soreness after his last start. Moore was aware of the possibility and came to Yankee Stadium early on Wednesday and went out to the mound to get a feel for it and the background.

The Yankees are starting Bartolo Colon, who has been struggling. 

Weather could also be an issue tonight, with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms forecast for the night, but nothing heavy until at least 9 p.m.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:15am]


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