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Sunday's Starting Lineups, Update on Jennings

 
 
Posted Sunday, April 20th 2014 @ 11am  by Steve Carney

The Tampa Bay Rays look to finish up a series win over the New York Yankees with a victory Sunday afternoon, with Cesar Ramos (0-1, 7.50 ERA) taking on Vidal Nuno (0-0, 8.84 ERA).

Rays Starting Lineup

Rodriguez LF
Zobrist DH
Forsythe 2B
Longoria 3B
Myers RF
Loney 1B
Guyer CF
Escobar SS
Hanigan C

Yankees Starting Lineup

Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Soriano DH
Teixeira 1B
Solarte 3B
Gardner LF
Roberts 2B
Murphy C

JENNINGS SAYS GROIN FEELS BETTER: Outfielder Desmond Jennings was limited to DH duty Thursday, a single pinch-hit Friday and did not play at all Saturday, but says his groin, injured early in Monday's loss to Baltimore is feeling better.

"It's a lot better from that day," Jennings said Sunday.  "It's been getting better every day."

The starting centerfielder said he was going to test it by working with head trainer Ron Porterfield running on the turf..

"I was coming in every day planning on playing, but we'll see how it goes today."

Manager Joe Maddon said the plan with Jennings is to give him Sunday off and re-evaluate him after Monday's off day.

NOVA HAS TORN ELBOW LIGAMENT: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was the first to report that Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova's elbow soreness, which caused him to be removed early in Saturday's loss, was bad news.

Nova is scheduled to be re-examined Monday when the team returns back to New York, but it appears likely that he will have to undergo surgery.

INTERESTING SERIES NOTES: According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Rays are the first team to score 10 runs and have 16 hits in consecutive games against the Yankees since the California Angels on August 27-28, 1988.  RHP Chris Archer became just the second pitcher in the last 30 years to start his career 4-0 against the Yankees, joining Ervin Santana, who started 4-0 against New York in 2005 and 2006. Catcher Ryan Hanigan became the first player in major league history to drive in six runs against the Yankees while hitting in the number 9 spot.

 
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