For starters: Rays vs. Yankees




UPDATE, 6:36: Youkilis scratched from Yankees lineup due to back stiffness, Overbay in.

UPDATE, 6:11: Yankees lineup:

Garnder cf
Francisco dh
Cano 2b
Youkilis 1b
Wells lf
Cervelli c
Boesch rf
Nunez ss
Nix 3b
Sabathia p

UPDATE, 5:25: Tonight's game will be one of the most heavily covered in Rays history, with nine different radio/TV outlets working: Rays TV, Yankees TV, Rays radio, Spanish radio, Rays Spanish radio, Rays Spanish TV, Compass radio, NHK (Japan), ESPN.

UPDATE, 5:20: Luke Scott (right calf strain) will start his rehab assignment on Tuesday with Class A Charlotte and hopes to rejoin the team during the upcoming road trip. ... Injured SS prospect Hak-Ju Lee, who tore ligaments in his left knee on Saturday in Durham, flew to Port Charlotte and is undergoing treatment there. He will see Dr. Eaton soon and season-ending surgery remains likely. ... The Rays have settled their two outstanding trades - Stephen Vogt to Oakland, Robinson Chirinos to Texas - for an undisclosed amount of cash.

UPDATE, 4:57: Newest Buc Darelle Revis will throw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight. ... The Rays will have a different look to their lineup vs. Sabathia, with Escobar back up to 6th:

Jennings cf
Roberts 2b
Zobrist rf
Longoria 3b
Rodriguez 1b
Escobar ss
Duncan dh
Lobaton c
Fuld lf
Moore p

UPDATE, 2:45
: The Rays have invited new Buc Darrelle Revis to throw out a first pitch before tonight's game.

DEVELOPING: After their sweep of the A's, the Rays face another challenge tonight in opening a three-game series with the Yankees, who have ace LHP CC Sabathia on the mound.

The Rays played their best overall baseball of the young season in beating the A's three straight, getting a combination of solid pitching, good defense and, most of all, some consistent offense.

Tonight they will send LHP Matt Moore, who is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA, to the mound against a Yankees team that has filled in well for the injury absences of stars Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez.

Rays 3B Evan Longoria has reached base in all 18 games this season, and has a streak of 32 overall going back to last September.

The Rays are taking the field early today so their pitchers can get in a full batting practice since they have to hit next weekend in Colorado.

Lineups shortly.


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