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Rays report: Austin Meadows hitting leadoff vs. Yankees

Tyler Glasnow is starting for the Rays while the Yankees are going with rookie Deivi Garcia.
Austin Meadows, who returned to active duty on Monday with a pinch-hit appearance, will bat leadoff and serve as the designated hitter.
Austin Meadows, who returned to active duty on Monday with a pinch-hit appearance, will bat leadoff and serve as the designated hitter. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published Oct. 6, 2020|Updated Oct. 6, 2020

Coming off Monday’s 9-3 loss to the Yankees in the opening game of the best-of-five American League Division Series, the Rays are looking to get even tonight at San Diego’s Petco Park, first pitch 8:10 EST.

Tyler Glasnow, the Rays' hottest starter, will be on the mound against 21-year-old Yankees rookie Deivi Garcia — at least initially, with the potential for the Yankees to limit Garcia’s outing and bring in one of their lefties, J.A. Happ or Jordan Montgomery.

Manager Kevin Cash said Glasnow is the right choice for the Rays, given how he is equipped to shut down the Yankees lineup if he can land his curveball to complement his fastball, and the first 20 or so pitches should be telling.

Austin Meadows, who returned to active duty on Monday with a pinch-hit appearance, is in the lineup for the first time since sustaining a Grade 2 oblique strain on Sept. 17. He will bat leadoff and serve as the designated hitter. With Randy Arozarena too hot to keep out of the lineup and manager Kevin Cash preferring Manuel Margot for his outfield defense and Joey Wendle at third base, Yoshi Tsutsugo is again not starting.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the stadium crew was working to tighten up the wrapping on some of the outfield fencing to make sure the ball takes a true carom.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Meadows dh

B. Lowe 2b

Arozarena lf

Choi 1b

Margot rf

Wendle 3b

Adames ss

Kiermaier cf

Zunino c

Glasnow p

And here is the Yankees lineup, with Boone saying he spent a lot of time deciding between Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner in left:

LeMahieu 2b

Judge rf

Hicks cf

Voit 1b

Stanton dh

Urshela 3b

Torres ss

Frazier lf

Sanchez c

Garcia p

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