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For starters: Rays at Yankees, looking for a rare series win

UPDATE. 12:01: Cash said they are confident Pham's foot is fine and there is no risk activating him after just one rehab game. Also, that Pham was adamant about wanting to play in Yankee Stadium (for the first time in his career) and in playing leftfield rather than DH-ing, as Cash first planned. …. The decision to send down Faria was rooted in him being the odd man out as they are using five pitchers, in different roles, to work the bulk of the innings each game – Snell and Glasnow as starters, Beeks, Chirinos and Yarbrough behind openers. … Cash also made a point of saying they want Faria to put in more work on the days between starts, and that he will get that chance to pitch regularly at Durham, as either a starter or after an opener. … C Jesus Sucre has a sore right wrist as the result of a check swing on Tuesday and is limited; the Rays are hoping to give him a few more days to  recover otherwise they may need to make a roster move over the weekend in Boston.

UPDATE, 10:50: Here is the Rays lineup, with Pham back and Duffy off:

Smith rf
Wendle 3b
Bauers 1b
Pham lf
Choi dh
Kiermaier cf
Adames ss
Lowe 2b
Perez c
Snell p

DEVELOPING:  The Rays take the field this afternoon looking to win their first series at Yankee Stadium since the middle of the 2014 season, when Joe Maddon was still their manager.

And they will have their All-Star starter, Blake Snell, on the mound.

Snell, though, will likely be limited to six innings as the Rays continue to slowly build him up following his DL stint for shoulder fatigue. He can't do much better than his last outing Friday in Toronto, retiring all 15 batters he faced and needing only 47 pitches to do so.

The Rays also will have OF Tommy Pham back in action, reinstating him from the DL after he tested his previously fractured right foot in a rehab game Wednesday for the short-season Class A Hudson Valley Renegades.

RHP Jake Faria, who started Wednesday's game, was sent down to make room on the active roster for Pham, who was injured Aug. 2 in his second game following the trade from St. Louis.

The Rays have lost their last 12 series at Yankee Stadium, the longest streak by any team since the latest facility opened in 2009. With Wednesday's win, they are 4-14 since the start of last season, and 10-29 since Sept. 10, 2014. The last series win was a three-game sweep June 30-July 2, 2014.

Here is the Yankees lineup, with only two lefties:
Hicks cf
Stanton dh
Andujar 3b
Gregorius ss
Torres 2b
Walker rf
Bird 1b
Higashioka c
Robinson lf
Tanaka p

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