For starters: Rays at Yankees, with Cobb on hill, Mottola on bench
UPDATE, 5;49: Duffy is set to have surgery on his anke on Friday in N.C. by Robert Anderson, a nationally known specialist who is also the team doctor for the Carolina Panthers, who played their opener Thursday night in Denver. ... Cash reiterated that Brad Miller "is our first baseman" but they will use him a few more times at SS, such as tonight. That is in part to keep Franklin rotating among several positions, so thus he is at first base. ... Cash said they will seek to schedule RHP Chase Whitley's outings, which will be for multi innings, and Sunday looks likely, which is Matt Andriese's day.
UPDATE, 4:53: New hitting coach Chad Mottola is here to start his duties, and has already been working with some of the hitters. Mottola said his strengths are communicating and working individually with hitters, and that is reflected by his initial agenda. "There's some guys I'm going to dive right in and there's some guys that I'm going to sit back and wait,'' he said. ... RHP Chase Whitley is enjoying being back here, having been claimed by the Rays from the Yankees last year as he rehabbed from Tommy John surgery.
Here is the Yankees lineup:
DEVELOPING: The Rays are in New York tonight as they open an 11-game, three-city road trip against three of the AL East contenders in the Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles.
RHP Alex Cobb will be on the mound for the Rays, making his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery, having made an impressive debut on Friday.
The Rays lineup has a different look today, with Evan Longoria at DH and Richie Shaffer at 3B, and also with Nick Franklin at 1B and Brad Miller at SS.
Also, the Rays have signed veteran Alexei Ramirez to help fill the hole at SS with Matt Duffy now out for the season.
Here is the Rays lineup: