For starters, Rays-Yanks with no Longoria again
UPDATE, 12:35: Longoria said after doing drills and taking batting practice that he felt better, and was probably 85 percent, an upgrade from two days ago when he was at about 50 percent.
But he said he wasn't convinced it was the best move for the team for him to return yet, and that it was his decision to not be in the lineup today.
"Obviously at this stage of the season and the way we're playing, with or without me, we're winning games so it's not worth it for me to go out there and try and push it and re-injure myself and be out for two-three months as opposed to one more day,'' Longoria said.
"Yesterday I felt good, today I felt great I was actually able to push it almost to 100 percent. But I just want the confidence in my mind to be 100 percent and I want to be able to know that when I go out there on the field with my team that I'm going to be able to play up to my potential.''
Longoria said with backup Willy Aybar playing well he thought not playing was best for the team. "For as long as we can ride this out, and I can be 100 percent both mentally and physically, it just gives me that opportunity,'' Longoria said.
He said he hopes to play Monday night but won't know for sure until the afternoon.
Also, the Rays went ahead and made the pitching change that had been discussed, with RHP James Shields now pitching the first and last games of the upcoming six-game homestand, and RHP Jeff Niemann bumped back a day from Tuesday to Wednesday.
NEWS: After watching Evan Longoria do some pre-game work, manager Joe Maddon decided he was "not quite ready" and won't be in the lineup. Willy Aybar will start at third again.
Maddon said Longoria "more than likely" will start Monday.
And, as PA man Paul Olden will soon say, for the Yankees: