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UPDATE, 11:55: Rays manager Joe Maddon said one of the priorities for the final week of exhibitons will be getting Kelly Johnson some more time at first base; otherwise he feels the other players wo will be moving around have gotten enough time ... Maddon didn't have any further update on Farnsworth ... OF Sam Fuld will play in a minor-league game again today, and it is unlikely he will play in a big-league exhibition until the Rays are sure he is over his right hamstring tightness as doing so would impact back-dating a potential DL move.

UPDATE, 9:44:   Yankees lineup:

Gardner cf
Nunez ss
Suzuki rf
Youkilis 3b
Hafner dh
Rivera 1b
Francisco lf
Cervelli c
Nix 2b
Warren p

UPDATE, 9:33:  RHP Kyle Farnsworth said his bruised right middle finger is not sore at all, just a "little black and blue." He said he plans to play catch today and make his final two scheduled appearances, Wednesday and Saturday. 

"Everything's good," he said.

DEVELOPING: The Rays are on their way up north to face the Yankees today, with the game being televised on MLB Network in the Tampa market.

Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Johnson 2b
Zobrist dh
Joyce rf
Duncan 1b
Escobar ss
Roberts 3b
Molina c
Rodriguez lf
Hellickson rhp

Righthander Jeremy Hellickson will start on the mound, with veteran RHP Jamey Wright to follow.

Some news to keep up with today will be RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who bruised his right middle finger trying to barehand a comebacker in Saturday's game. Farnsworth has said he'll be fine, and expects to make his next appearance Tuesday.

On the back fields in Port Charlotte, OF Sam Fuld (right hamstring tightness) is scheduled to play five innings in the outfield in a minor league game. If all goes well, he'll likely play in Monday night's exhibition. 

All the fun "Over the Hill" birthday decorations are gone at RHP Joel Peralta's locker, who turned 37 Saturday. Peralta said it was a unique birthday, with a few friends from back home coming in, as well as his older brother, Frank, to celebrate, along with his wife. He said he hadn't had the whole group together - on his birthday - in 13-14 years.

- Joe Smith contributed to this report.


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