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For starters: Rays at Yankees, with Price pitching

David Price has gone five starts without a win and hasn't pitched particularly well, but said he doesn't feel anything in wrong physically or mechanically.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

David Price has gone five starts without a win and hasn't pitched particularly well, but said he doesn't feel anything in wrong physically or mechanically.

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UPDATE, 6:02: Jennimgs ran lightly in the outfield early Wednesday afternoon and said it was hard to say when he would be ready to return and that it would "be tough" to get out on the field, but Maddon said he may be available to pinch hit tonight. Similarly, SS Yunel Escobar said his left ankle - twisted in Tuesday's game - was still bothering him when he walked and he didn't expect to do anything today in hopes of being able to start tomorrow, though Maddon said he may be available for late-inning duty. C Jose Lobaton, who left Tuesday's game with a swollen right elbow that was affecting his throws, said he is good to go. ... Maddon said starter David Price, who is winless in his last 5 outings, has seemed very motivated the last few days: "I think you're going to see prime David tonight.''

UPDATE, 5:55: Knowing he would need help assembling today's lineup, manager Joe Maddon went to St. Patrick's Cathedral this morning for some divine guidance. Playing without SS Yunel Escoabar and LF Desmond Jennings, here is what he came up with:

Zobrist ss
Myers rf
Loney 1b
Longoria 3b
DeJesus cf
Young dh
Joyce lf
Molina c
Johnson 2b
Price p

Yankees lineup:
Nunez 3b
A-Rod dh
Cano 2b
Soriano lf
Wells rf
Reynolds 1b
Granderson cf
Ryan ss
Stewart c
Hughes p

DEVELOPING: After winning their fifth straight on Tuesday, the wild-card leading Rays look to make it an even half-dozen tonight as they send David Price to the mound at Yankee Stadium.

Price, the ace of the staff and reigning Cy Young award winner, has gone five strarts without a win and hasn't pitched particularly well, but said he doesn't feel anything in wrong physically or mechanically.

With five games left in the regular-season, the Rays are one game ahead of the Indians (and hold the tiebreaker) and two of the Rangers in what has become a three-way race for two spots.

The Rays would seem to be in good position to extend their streak tonight as the Yankees, on the verge of official elimination themselves, are starting struggling Phil Hughes.

The health and availability of several Rays is in question and will be addressed pre-game today: CF Desmond Jennings has been out since Sunday with a strained left hamstring and remains sidelined, SS Yunel Escobar left Tuesday's game with a sore left ankle and is at best questionable for today, C Jose Lobaton also left the game with a bruised right elbow.

The Rays on Tuesday logged their team-record 16th shutout of the season.

Lineups when available.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:03pm]

    

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