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For starters, Rays at Yankees - will now start at 7:30 p.m.

Update 6:59 p.m. The Rays-Yankees game is now expected to start at 7:30 p.m.

Update 5:46 p.m. Rays manager Joe Maddon said the new-look lineup is so they could stack some righties against LHP CC Sabathia, putting OFs Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton in some RBI spots, as he's liked their quick bats recently.

*DH Luke Scott is off for the second day in a row, but is fine physically. Tonight, it's because of a tough lefty in Sabathia, but the real question is how much Scott will play this weekend in Miami, where there's no DH. Scott said he can play first base if they need it, but Maddon said it's more than likely he'll be a pinch-hitter. Maddon said it could be a good mental break for Scott, who is hitting .186 in the last 12 games.

*RF/2B Ben Zobrist did some early work on the field with hitting coach Derek Shelton, saying he's trying to get his hands more involved in his swing. "Sometimes," he says, "The body can get in the way." Zobrist, who has eight hits in his last 58 at-bats, said that when you're not comfortable with your swing, you tend to expand your strike zone and chase everything.

*Maddon said RHP Kyle Farnsworth (right elbow strain) threw to some hitters Wednesday at Tropicana Field, with everything going well. There's still no set date for a rehab assignment, as he's still about three weeks away.

*There are some interesting wardrobe selections for the team's "All White" trip to Miami." Even broadcaster Brian Anderson has finally decided to join in with teh wardrobe themed trip, with Maddon saying, "It's about time B.A."

Update 5:44 p.m. Here's the Yankee lineup, with most of their regulars

Yankees lineup
Jeter ss
Granderson cf
Teixeira 1b
Rodriguez 3b
Cano 2b
Swisher rf
Jones dh
Nix lf
Stewart c
Sabathia lhp

Developing:The Rays will try to avoid a three game sweep from the Yankees in the finale tonight.

There's a great pitching matchup, with seven-game winners David Price and CC Sabathia starting on the mound.

Rays manager Joe Maddon likes to shake up his lineup, and has an interesting one today, with Elliot Johnson up top and Desmond Jennings third, Carlos Pena sixth.

There's no Luke Scott for a second straight day.

Rays lineup
Johnson ss
Zobrist dh
Jennings lf
Upton cf
Rodriguez 3b
Pena 1b
Lobaton c
Joyce rf
Sutton 2b
Price lhp

-- JOE SMITH, Times Staff Writer


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