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For starters: Rays at Yankees, in Snell's debut



UPDATE, 11:58:  Some Snell-related notes:

* He will be the first Ray to make his big-league debut at Yankee Stadium as a starter, and the 33rd visiting pitcher overall.

* He is the third Rays pitcher to make his debut in the Bronx, following Bobby Seay (2001) and David Price (2008).

* At 23, he is the youngest Rays starter since Enny Romero, who was 22.

* He will be the 27th pitcher to start for the Rays since 2008, fewest in the majors during that span. The Giants are next at 29. The Dodgers have used the most at 59.

* He will wear No. 4 - his longtime favorite - and is the first Rays pitcher to sport single digits. Hideo Nomo had the previous lowest number at 11.

* He will have 12 friends and relatives in the stands, all making the trip from Seattle.

UPDATE, 11:55: Cash said he wanted to give Longoria either Friday or Saturday as a DH day and opted for the day game. Logan Forsythe may be the DH on Sunday. ... Cash continued to say there wasn't much the Rays could have done about the steal of home last night except for Moore to check on Ellsbury before starting his windup because they have to let the pitchers do what is most comfortable. ... Here is the Yankees lineup:

Ellsbury cf
Gardner lf
Beltran rf
Teixeira 1b
Rodriguez dh
McCann c
Castro 2b
Headley 3b
Gregorius ss
Tanaka p

UPDATE, 10:02: It's a DH day for Evan Longoria, with Steve Peace at 3B, and an off-day for Souza, with Dickerson in RF.

Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b,
Morrison 1b,
Longoria DH,
Dickerson rf,
Jennings lf,
Miller ss,
Pearce 3b,
Kiermaier cf,
Conger c,
Snell p

DEVELOPING: :After a "frustrating" loss in which they did a lot wrong, the Rays are back on the Yankee Stadium field for a 1:05 matinee with plenty to be excited about - the big-league debut of top prospect LHP Blake Snell.

Snell, 23, is expected just to make the one start and return to Triple-A, but is still plenty excited about the opportunity.

What should people expect to see?

"A 23-year-old kid having fun and just enjoying pitching against the Yankees,'' he said.

The Yankees are starting veteran RHP Masahiro Tanaka. so the Rays are expected to have their lefty hitters back in the lineup.

Lineups when available.


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