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For starters: Brad Boxberger nearing return, lineups for today vs NYY

Closer Brad Boxberger is expected to return from Montgomery this afternoon to see the training staff for his day-after pitching evaluation.

Boxberger, who has been out since spring training after undergoing adductor surgery, pitched two-thirds of an inning Friday for the Biscuits. That was by design, manager Kevin Cash said.

If Boxberger checks out well he will likely rejoin the team Monday in Kansas City.

Cash said he won't throw Boxberger back into the closer role. Instead, he will ease him into the ninth inning by having pitch in the seventh and eighth. This is a luxury afforded the Rays by the way Alex Colome has performed as the closer — 12-for-12 in save opportunities.

As for today, the Rays will try to snap a three-game losing streak when Matt Moore makes his 10th start of the season, facing the Yankees in a 4:10 p.m. start. Moore will try to follow the lead provided by Chris Archer, who turned in his best outing of the season Friday, pitching eighth innings and allowed just one earned run in the Rays 4-1 loss to the Yankees.

Moore is 0-1 in four starts this month. He has a 8.53 ERA and opposing hitters are batting .376 in those starts.

Also, Moore has yet to pitch more than five innings in any of his four May starts.

Here are the lineups:

1. Ellsbury CF
2. Hicks LF
3. Beltran RF
4. Rodriguez DH
5. Castro 2B
6. Ackley 1B
7. Headley 3B
8. Gregorius SS
9. Romine C
Pineda RHP (2-5, 6.34)

1. Guyer LF
2. Miller SS
3. Longoria 3B
4. Pearce 2B
5. Morrison 1B
6. Souza RF
7. Dickerson DH
8. Mahtook CF
9. Conger C
Moore LHP (1-3, 5.47)

[Last modified: Saturday, May 28, 2016 3:46pm]


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