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For starters, Rays at Yankees, on David Price Day

The Rays have been waiting on a sunny day - and they got one today in New York.

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The Rays have been waiting on a sunny day - and they got one today in New York.

UPDATE, 6:12: Price seemed very upbeat in the clubhouse, and Maddon said he expects good of him, considering not just the team situation but the fact that Price is coming off a rough outing in Chicago and rarely has bad back to back games.

Also, OF Wil Myers said he has felt better at the plate in the last few days than he has in a while and is confident he is close to breaking out.

While injured RHPs Alex Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson are progressing well, the Rays are now talking about a timetable that won't have Hellickson back in the rotation until late June. Cobb is expected back early June, with the possibility he could make it in the final days of May.

UPDATE, 6:06: The Rays bullpen will be shorthanded tonight, as neither Grant Balfour nor Jake McGee will be used tonight. That means the closer is likely to be either Joel Peralta or Juan Carlos Oviedo.

Here are the lineups:
RAYS
Zobrist 2b
Jennings cf
Longoria 3b
Myers rf
Rodriguez lf
Loney 1b
Forsythe dh
Escobar ss
Molina c
Price p

YANKEES
Ellsbury cf
Jeter ss
Beltran rf
Teixeira 1b
Soriano lf
McCann dh
Roberts 2b
Solarte 3b
Murphy c
Nuno p

DEVELOPING: Fresh off their day-night doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox in Boston and a 3:30 arrival at their hotel, the Rays are set to take on AL East-leading Yankees.

David Price will be on the mound for the Rays, and on a night then they need him to show that he is indeed an ace. With their bullpen shorthanded - it would seem neither Grant Balfour nor Jake McGee would be available - and the whole team fatigued, the Rays need Price to pitch well and pitch deep into the game.

Also, with the Yankees starting Vidal Nuno, this is the one game of the series in which the pitching matchups are in the Rays favor. On Saturday, the Rays are starting RHP Jake Odorizzi against the Yankees RHP Masahiro Tananka, and on Sunday it's the Rays LHP Cesar Ramos against Yankees LHP CC Sabathia.

There will be a milestone celebrated tonight, as Joe Girardi manages his 1,000th game with the Yankees.

Lineups when available.

 

[Last modified: Friday, May 2, 2014 6:14pm]

    

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