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For starters, Rays at Yanks, with history looming

UPDATE, 12;17: Maddon said he was pleasantly surprised when Damon came in Saturday morning and said his hand felt better and he could play. The key, Damon said, was keeping it in a bucket of ice while he was out to dinner Friday night.  ... Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg is here.

Yankees lineup:
Jeter ss
Granderson cf
Teixeira 1b
Cano 2b
Martin c
Posada dh
Jones rf
Nunez 3b
Gardner lf
Burnett p


UPDATE, 11:15: Damon is back in Rays lineup:
Damon dh
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Kotchman 1b
Upton cf
Joyce lf
Rodriguez 2b
Jaso c
Brignac ss
Price p

DEVELOPING: The weather won't be an issue as it's a sunny summer day here in the Bronkx as the Rays and Yankees are getting ready to play a 1:05 game following Friday's rain-out, and the ensuing controversy over rescheduling.

The primary focus today, of course, will be on Yankees SS Derek Jeter, who needs two hits to become the first Yankee to reach the milestone of 3,000. The Rays will have David Price on the mound, trying to prolong Jeter's bid.

DH Johnny Damon was hoping to return to the Rays lineup today, but that would seem unlikely given that his left hand was still swollenm bruised and weak on Friday.

There is already some news from the Yankees clubhouse, with the annoucement that 3B Alex Rodriguez has a torn meniscus in his right knee and likely will decide on Sunday whether to try to play through it after the All-Star break or have surgery and likely miss a month.



[Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2011 12:15am]


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