Rays Vs. Yankees: Tampa Bay Starting Lineup

We're almost set to get this unexpectedly incredible final Wednesday underway, but before we get to the action, it's worth going over the lineups. Against Dellin Betances and a host of Yankees relievers, Joe Maddon and the Rays will start the following:

Desmond Jennings, LF
B.J. Upton, CF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Matt Joyce, RF
Johnny Damon, DH
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Kelly Shoppach, C
Reid Brignac, SS

Kotchman is back in there after missing Tuesday's action while going on a trip to the hospital. Not for fun, either - he went there for precautionary tests on his heart, which thankfully turned out negative.

Outside of Kotchman, the Rays' lineup hasn't changed from yesterday. Sean Rodriguez will be available off the bench, and he's a handy piece given his defensive flexibility and present, albeit modest, power. One should expect, though, that the Rays' regulars will probably last the whole game. Which should make Maddon's job a little easier.

The Rays will start David Price. There are worse guys to have starting a game this important.

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