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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees, seeking a sweek in Jeter's farewell

The Rays gave retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter some nice parting gifts during a pre-game ceremony on Tuesday, then hit him on the hand during the game.

Tonight, they are seeking to send him packing with a sweep of his final series at the Trop before moving into his waterfront mansion on Tampa's Davis Islands.

The Rays tonight will start RHP Alex Cobb, who took a no-hitter into the eighth in his last start against the Yankees on Thursday in New York.

The Yankees are starting RHP Brandon McCarthy, who has been tough on the Rays in the past but roughed up in his last start.

Veteran umpire Joe West won't be working the plate tonight as scheduled, as he was suspended by Major League Baseball for his actions against Phillies RHP Jonathan Papelbon on Sunday.

Lineups when available.

 

 

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Girardi says Rays need to learn how to pitch inside. However …

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is restrained while complaining about Rays relief pitcher Steven Geltz hitting Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is restrained while complaining about Rays relief pitcher Steven Geltz hitting Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

Joe Girardi has a conveniently short memory.

In the aftermath of Tuesday's benches-and-bullpen clearing standoff, the Yankees manager, upset and frustrated as his team's slim playoff hopes are all but extinguished, accused the Rays of not knowing how to pitch inside properly and suggesting they learn.

He pointed to how the Rays had hit five of his batters during the last five games between the teams and pontificated on their actions.

"Five times in four games (over the span of five) we've been hit,'' Girardi said. "Twice in the elbow, once in the leg, once in the chin. Ball at Gardy's head (Monday) night. Another ball at Chase's ribs last night. I'm all for pitching inside, but you've got to know how to pitch inside because it's extremely dangerous. ... I don't know what they expect. They hit five of our guys in four games. You don't think we're going to be pissed? ... We're not pincushions."

Also, Girardi said, "I'm tired of my guys getting hit and where they're getting hit. I'm tired of it. If you're going to pitch inside, learn to pitch inside. You pitch down in the zone; you don't pitch up. This is not practice; this is guys' livelihood."

But what he conveniently didn't acknowledge was that in the first 12 games the teams played this season, his Yankees pitchers - who surely must know how to pitch inside - hit eight Rays batters (while Rays pitchers hit only two Yankees).

And that for the season series, which concludes tonight, his Yankees pitchers have hit more batters than the Rays, 8-7.

Also, for the season, the Yankees pitchers have hit 62 batters, the Rays 53.

Rays manager Joe Maddon, claiming repeatedly that his pitchers were not working with intent, said he understood Girardi's frustration but didn't see the need for the situation to escalate into a brawl.

He also said he hopes there is no carryover into tonight's season series finale.

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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees, on Derek Jeter Day

Derek Jeter, left, is in the Yankees lineup, playing shortstop.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Derek Jeter, left, is in the Yankees lineup, playing shortstop.

UPDATE, 5:18: Jeter is in the Yankees lineup, playing SS. ... Maddon said it's not official but "very unlikely" CF Desmond Jennings will play again this season. ... Alex Colome will be used out of the bullpen over the weekend and likely won't make his next start until the final weekend in Cleveland. Nathan Karns will get another start.

UPDATE, 5:15: The Rays are starting Nick Franklin, acquired in the David Price trade, at 2B tonight.

Rays lineup:

Zobrist LF,
DeJesus DH,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Franklin 2b,
Joyce rf,
Escobar SS,
Kiermaier cf,
Hanigan c,
Odorizzi p

DEVELOPING: Before the Rays take the field tonight, they will honor retiring Yankees star SS Derek Jeter.

Expect some kind words, a few personalized gifts and a donation to Jeter's Turn 2 charity, with the ceremony set to start just before 7.

Once the game starts, the Rays will have rookie RHP Jake Odorizzi, their leading winner, on the mound against RHP Michael Pineda.

The Rays beat the Yankees Monday with a walkoff single by Ben Zobrist, their second 1-0 win in a four day stretch. It was also their major-league leading 21st shutout, most by an AL team in the DH era. …

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Jeter's time in Tampa started with tears

    ST. PETERSBURG - Retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter acknowledged Monday that his love affair with the Tampa Bay area got off to quite a rocky start.

    Jeter said that when he first started his pro career with the Tampa-based Gulf Coast League team in 1992 he would often end each day in tears wishing he could go home to Michigan.

      "Coming here being extremely homesick, struggling very badly, wondering if I made the right decision, crying every night - so my first memories here really weren't really weren't fond memories, so it's kind of ironic I live here now.  When I first came here I thought what am I doing here, I'm far away from home, and I couldn't wait to leave. But now this is home for me.''

       Addressing a large group of reporters - "I've never seen this many people here. ... Where you guys been?" - before his final series with the Rays, Jeter touched on a few other topics:

    * He "would love" to get into an ownership/decision-making role, but wouldn't bite when asked if he would be interested in doing so with the Rays.  "You're trying to get me in trouble,'' he said. "Is there a tampering rule the other way around? I haven't thought about anything specific.'' …

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No Jeter in Yankees lineup tonight

Derek Jeter is not in the Yankees lineup for tonight's game against the Rays.

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Derek Jeter is not in the Yankees lineup for tonight's game against the Rays.

If you were coming to the Trop tonight to see Derek Jeter play against the Rays, be advised he is not in the Yankees lineup.

Jeter is hitless in his last 24 at-bats, also he played the Sunday night game in Baltimore, and he was struck on the left elbow by a pitch on Thursday.

Brendan Ryan is playing SS tonight for the Yankees, and Carlos Beltran is the DH.

The Rays are honoring Jeter before Tuesday's game, planning to give him a few gifts and a donation to his charity.

Today's Rays lineup:

Zobrist CF

Guyer LF

Longoria DH

Myers RF

Escobar SS

Forsythe 2B

Loney 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Casali C

Colome RHP


Yankees lineup:

Ellsbury CF

Gardner LF

Prado 2B

Teixeira 1B

Beltran DH

Headley 3B

Suzuki RF

Murphy C

Ryan SS

Capuano LHP

 

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For starters, Rays vs. Yankees and the beginning of Derek Jeter's farewell to the Trop

UPDATE, 4:58: Apparently Derek Jeter's news conference is about the only thing he'll be doing today.

Jeter isn't in the lineup as the Yankees begin a three-game series against the Rays tonight at Tropicana Field.

In actual Rays news, INF Nick Franklin - one of the parts the Rays landed in the David Price deal - joined the team today. Franklin isn't in the lineup today, but manager Joe Maddon said he plans to mix in Franklin at second base during the rest of the season.

Today's lineups:

Rays

Zobrist CF

Guyer LF

Longoria DH

Myers RF

 

Escobar SS

Forsythe 2B

Loney 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Casali C

Colome RHP

Yankees

Ellsbury CF

Gardner LF

Prado 2B

Teixeira 1B

Beltran DH

Headley 3B

Suzuki RF

Murphy C

Ryan SS

Capuano LHP

 

 

Developing: The Rays are back at Tropicana Field for the beginning of their final homestand of the series. The six-game set begins with three against the Yankees, starting tonight.

The Rays will start RHP Alex Colome (1-0, 2.79) against New York LHP Chris Capuano (1-2, 5.13). Yankees SS Derek Jeter is scheduled to address reporters about his last trip to the Trop at a news conference before the game.

 

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Rays to add 3: Colome, Franklin, Riefenhauser

UPDATE, 12:12: Maddon said Colome is likely to make two starts, but the Rays also want to see him out of the bullpen. Colome will be out of options next year and the Rays could use him in either role. With Colome and Nathan Karns, Maddon said the Rays will use "kind of" a six-man rotation. Each starter is likely to get two starts, with some wiggle room. ... Franklin will get to play, only at second base and primarily against right-handers. There will be a trickle down impact, with Ben Zobrist either playing more outfield or DH. ... Riefenhauser will pitch in relief.

DEVELOPING: With Triple-A Durham losing Saturday in the International League championship, the Rays are calling up three more players who will join them Monday in St. Petersburg: RHP Alex Colome, INF Nick Franklin, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser.

Colome will start Monday's game against the Yankees. He started the season suspended for a performance-enhancing drug violation, and was 7-6, 3.77 in 15 starts for the Bulls. He also made two appearances for the Rays. He last pitched Wednesday for the Bulls, lasting only 1 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and three runs. …

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For starters, Rays at Jays, with Archer changing up

Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, encouraged by his coaches to experiment more with his changeup and different pitch sequences over his final starts as a building block for future success.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, encouraged by his coaches to experiment more with his changeup and different pitch sequences over his final starts as a building block for future success.

UPDATE, 12:07: Maddon said his bullpen usage over the final two weeks will be determined on a daily basis as he doesn't want to use McGee and Boxberger too much down the stretch but will do so with the chance to win a game. .... Loney is out of the lineup due to the matchup with Buehrle but will be back in there Monday vs. Yankees LHP Chris Capuano.

Rays lineup:
Zobrist dh
Guyer lf
Longoria 3b
Myers rf
Forsythe 2b
Escobar ss
Rodriguez 1b
Hanigan c
Kiermaier cf
Archer p

Jays lineup:
Reyes ss
Bautista rf
Lind 1b
Encarnacion dh
Navarro c
Rasmus cf
Valencia 3b
Goins 2b
Gose lf
Buehrle p

DEVELOPING: After a sloppy loss on Saturday, the Rays are back on the field at Rogers Centre this afternoon trying to win the series from the Jays.

RHP Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays, encouraged by his coaches to experiment more with his changeup and different pitch sequences over his final starts as a building block for future success.

The Jays, still battling for a wild-card spot, moved up LHP Mark Buehrle, who is typically tough against the Rays, to start today.

Lineups when available.

 

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For starters, Rays at Jays, chasing knucklers

UPDATE, 12:29: The Rays are listing Monday's starter vs. the Yankees as TBA, so there would be a good chance RHP Alex Colome will come up from Triple-A to step in there.

Here are today's lineups, with a reminder there is no local TV for the Rays today:

Rays
Zobrist 2b
DeJesus dh
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Myers rf
Joyce lf
Escobar ss
Kiermaier cf
Molina c
Hellickson p

Jays
Reyes ss
Bautista rf
Lind 1b
Encarnacion dh
Valencia 3b
Thole c
Pillar lf
Goins 2b
Gose cf
Dickey p

DEVELOPING: After beating the Blue Jays 1-0 on Friday night behind RHP Nathan Karns' impressive Tampa Bay debut, the Rays are back on the field early today at the Rogers Centre.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson will be on the mound for the Rays, facing the Jays for the third time in his last five starts,

The bigger challenge is for the Rays hitters, as they take on knuckleballing nemesis R.A. Dickey, who limited them to two hits over seven innings on Sept. 2. They have had success at times against Dickey, whose overall record vs. the Rays is 5-5, 4.16 in 16 games.

Lineups when available.

 

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For starters, Rays at Jays, trying to bounce back

UPDATE, 6:08: Maddon said he was eager to see Karns, who had a season of vast inconsistency at Triple-A Durham this year, and would be pleased if he got the Rays through six innings, and anything beyond. ... Maddon spoke again about the disappointment and frustration of not being in the playoff race. ... The Jays have switched to LH Mark Buehrle as their Sunday starter rather than RH Marcus Stroman,

Jays lineup:
Reyes ss
Bautista rf
Encarnacion 1b
Lind dh
Navarro c
Valencia 3b
Pillar lf
Goins 2b
Gose cf
Happ p

UPDATE, 6:02: The Rays have Ben Zobrist in CF as they go with eight right-handed hitters against Happ tonight.

Rays lineup:
Zobrist cf
Guyer lf
Longoria 3b
Myers rf
Loney 1b
Escobar ss
Forsythe 2b
Hanigan c
Rodriguez dh
Karns p

DEVELOPING: After a staggering loss in New York on Thursday, when Alex Cobb took a no-hitter into the eighth and they lost 5-4 on a walkoff homer in the ninth, the Rays are in Toronto tonight to open a three-game series.

This is the second trip north of the border in three weeks for the Rays, and their third series with the Jays over that time, having been swept last week at the Trop. …

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Those are the Rays rookies - and a few others - dressed up

A shot of the pretty much the full group, from left: Boxberger, Geltz, Archer (partially obscured), athletic trainer Joe Benge, Yates, Odorizzi, Kiermaier, Beliveau, Myers, Casali.

TAMPA BAY RAYS

A shot of the pretty much the full group, from left: Boxberger, Geltz, Archer (partially obscured), athletic trainer Joe Benge, Yates, Odorizzi, Kiermaier, Beliveau, Myers, Casali.

The Rays annual rookie dress-up, featuring Mario Bros. themed costumes, took place after Thursday's game, not coincidentlaly tied to the team's late-night trip to Canada and through Customs. And it was expanded to include some second-year players such as Wil Myers and Chris Archer.

 

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For starters, Rays at Yankees, looking to bounce back

Alex Cobb, who has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 straight starts, will be on the mound for the Rays.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Alex Cobb, who has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 straight starts, will be on the mound for the Rays.

UPDATE, 6:09: Maddon spoke about the disappointment of their pending elimination from the AL East race, since winning the divison is always their primary goal.

Yankees lineup:
Ellsbury cf
Jeter ss
McCann c
Teixeira 1b
Headley dh
Suzuki rf
Drew 2b
Young lf
Ryan 3b
Pineda p

UPDATE, 6:05: Curt Casali, the pride of nearby New Canaan, Conn., is in the starting lineup tonight for the Rays. Maddon said his plan going forward is to play Hanigan two days in a row then get Casali some time, but will use Jose Molina on occasion.

Rays lineup:

Zobrist 2b
DeJesus dh
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Myers rf
Joyce lf
Escobar ss
Kiermaier cf
Casali c
Cobb p

DEVELOPING: After turning a 4-0 first-inning lead into a sloppy 8-5 loss, the Rays are back on the field at Yankee Stadium tonight seeking to win the series from the Yankees.

RHP Alex Cobb, who has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 straight starts, will be on the mound for the Rays. The Yankees are starting RHP Michael Pineda.

The Rays will be officially eliminated from the AL East race with their next loss, or the Orioles' next win. …

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Sternberg: '15 payroll "clearly" will be lower

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said the team's 2015 payroll is "clearly going to be lower" than than this year's franchise record $80-million.

Sternberg said they would be open to unique opportunity but "the default is clearly going to be lower,'' that 2014 was "an enormous aberration.''

In a 10-minute wide-ranging interview with Tampa Bay area reporters, Sternberg also said:

* On the season overall: "Thankfully it's an odd place for us to be in September where the games are less meaningful than they have been in the past.''

* That he feels the team stayed together through the early season struggles and is still playing hard: "I have nothing to be ashamed about.''

* That the stretch of improved play actually made the overall disappointment of the early months worse: "Playing the kind of baseball we did for a couple months after that probably adds to it a little but becasue we know with this team not just what they were capable of but what they had the ability to do.'' …

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For starters, Rays at Yankees, looking for another

Jake Odorizzi, seeking a team-leading 11th win, will be on the mound, and is nine strikeouts from tying the team rookie record of 175 set by Matt Moore.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Jake Odorizzi, seeking a team-leading 11th win, will be on the mound, and is nine strikeouts from tying the team rookie record of 175 set by Matt Moore.

UPDATE, 4:42: Rays C Ryan Hanigan said he probably could have positioned himself slightly differently on the key controversial play Tuesday, but felt he was in the right spot given where the throw was and couldn't see moving out of the way of runner Stephen Drew.

Ellsbury CF,
Jeter SS,
McCann C,
Beltran DH,
Teixeira 1B,
Headley 3B,
Ichiro RF,
Drew 2B,
Young LF,
Capuano P

UPDATE, 4:39: The Rays are going with eight right-handed hitters against Capuano, with 1B James Loney the only lefty.

Rays lineup:

Zobrist LF,
Guyer cf,
Longoria 3b,
Myers rf,
Loney 1b,
Escobar SS,
Forsythe 2b,
Hanigan c,
S-Rod DH,
Odorizzi p

DEVELOPING: After a 4-3 win over the Yankees, aided by a favorable ruling on a controversial home plate collision play, the Rays are back on the field in the Bronx tonight.

RHP Jake Odorizzi, seeking a team-leading 11th win, will be on the mound, and is nine strikeouts from tying the team rookie record of 175 set by Matt Moore.

The Yankees are starting LHP Chris Capuano, so the Rays are likely to have a heavy righthanded lineup. …

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Smyly's season over

The Rays made it official on Tuesday, shutting LHP Drew Smyly down for the rest of the season.

Smyly has thrown a career-most 153 innings, the Rays don't want to push him any further.

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