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For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, with Price on the hill

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UPDATE, 6:10: Maddon welcomed the suggestions of the Tampa Chamber crowd on the lineup, for which he provided the framework. The Rays are 2-0 when the Chamber has helped me and he did note that two players at the luncheon were included in the lineup, Kelly Johnson and Ryan Roberts. ... Luke Scott will be with Class A Charlotte on rehab through Sunday and then re-evaluated. Maddon said whether he plays in the field or is limited to DH will be based on how he feels, but also that it was not necessary for Scott to be able to play the field to be activiated in advance of the NL-rules series in Colorado on May 3-5. .. Principal owner Stu Sternberg is at the game after appearing at the Chamber luncheon.

UPDATE, 5:55: Yankees lineup:

Gardner cf,
Nunez ss,
cano 2b,
wells lf,
Francisco DH,
overbay 1b
Stewart c,
Suzuki rf,
Nix 3b,
Hughes p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to extend their winning streak to five games and get back to the .500 mark for the first time since April 7 when they host the Yankees tonight, and they have ace David Price on the mound.

Price has not won in four starts this season, and his velocity has been down slightly, but he said he feels fine and it's just a matter of getting into the right groove. Still, he is 0-1, 6.26. and it's only the second time the Rays have lost four straight games he has started.

Manager Joe Maddon has already set his lineup, as part of his now annual exercise of allowing guests at the Tampa Chamber luncheon help him set it.

Here is what they came up with:

Jennings cf
Roberts 2b
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Joyce lf
Escobar ss
Loney 1b
Molina c
Johnson dh
Price p


Rays manager Joe Maddon shows off his new friend, Mindy, an umbrella cockatoo he had brought into the clubhouse. It's the latest in a series of pregame entertainment he has arranged.

MARC TOPKIN | Times

Rays manager Joe Maddon shows off his new friend, Mindy, an umbrella cockatoo he had brought into the clubhouse. It's the latest in a series of pregame entertainment he has arranged.

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