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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees

Update 12:51 p.m. RHP Fernando Rodney appeared upbeat walking into the clubhouse Sunday morning, saying his "confidence is good," and it's too early to consider removing him from the closer role.


Rodney's struggles continued with his fifth blown save Saturday, a 4-3 loss to the Yankees, and he left without speaking to reporters. Rodney talked for five minutes Sunday, saying he's trying to get better, doesn't believe he's far off, but appreciates manager Joe Maddon having his back.

"I think it's too early to maybe make a decision, because we know I'm trying, trying to be better, trying to get outs," Rodney said. "Sometimes, I make a bad pitch... Just come out the next day and try again. I'm ready to go.

"I know that (Maddon) trusts me. He knows I've got the stuff, I can do it. That's not happening right now. I keep the same mentality of pitching, I'm going to try to."

Update 12:35 p.m. The Rays lineup against LHP CC Sabathia doesn't include lefties like Matt Joyce or Kelly Johnson, but Sam Fuld and James Loney.

Rays lineup
Jennings cf
Roberts 2b
Longoria 3b
Zobrist dh
Rodriguez lf
Escobar ss
Loney 1b
Lobaton c
Fuld rf
Cobb rhp

Yankees lineup
Gardner cf
Cano 2b
Wells lf
Hafner dh
Overbay 1b
Adams 3b
Suzuki rf
Nix ss
Romine c
Sabathia lhp

Developing: The Rays, coming off a stunning, here-we-go-again loss to the Yankees in which they blew another ninth inning lead, will try to get avoid getting swept today in a Sunday matinee at the Trop.

RHP Alex Cobb, who has been one of the Rays most consistent starters this season, will be on the mound, against Yankees ace LHP CC Sabathia.

Manager Joe Maddon has said he plans to stick with struggling RHP Fernando Rodney as the closer, though the frustration appears to be setting in as the All-Star left after Saturday's game without talking to reporters.

After today's game, the Rays will play two at home against the Marlins before heading on the road trip to Cleveland and Detroit.

[Last modified: Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:57pm]


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