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For starters: Rays vs. Yankees at Mets, with Souza back in action

UPDATE, 5:15: The Rays are set to fly home after Wednesday's game with plans to host the Red Sox this weekend as scheduled at the Trop, pending approval from city and county officials, primarily due to issues with traffic lights being out near the Trop. ... Cash it was good go to have Souza back in the lineup as he has been one of their most consistent players. ... LHP Xavier Cedeno (forearm) and RHP Nate Eovaldi (Tommy John surgery) will make their second rehab appearances on Wednesday for Triple-A Durham in its playoff game.

Here is the Yankees lineup:
Gardner cf
Judge rf
Sanchez c
Holliday dh
Castro 2b
Headley 1b
T. Frazier 3b
Torreyes ss
C. Frazier lf
Gray p

DEVELOPING: After a messy loss under unusual circumstances on Monday, the Rays will try it again tonight when they once against "host" the Yankees at the Mets' Citi Field in the second of three games relocated from the Trop.

One difference for the Rays is that they will have RF Steven Souza Jr. back in the lineup for the first time since Friday, when he bruised his left knee running into the wall in Boston.

LHP Blake Snell will start for the Rays, coming off a rough outing on Wednesday against the Twins, in which he allowed six runs, twice as many as in his previous three starts. Snell said he made some adjustments in his bullpen session with pitching coach Jim Hickey and expects to be sharper.

The Yankees are started RHP Sonny Gray, the front-line starter they acquired at the July deadline from Oakland.

The Rays are still clinging to slim hopes of making the AL playoff field, going into play tonight four games - and six teams - from the second wild-card, currently held by the Twins, with 17 games left.

Per fangraphs.com computer simulations, the Rays chances to make the playoffs are down to 2.8 percent.

Here is the Rays linep:

Kiermaier cf,
Duda dh,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza rf,
Dickerson lf,
Ramos c,
Miller 2b,
Hechavarria ss,
Snell p

 

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