For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, playing as 'home' team at Mets stadium
UPDATE, 6:20: Bird was scratched from Yankees lineup, Tyler Austin takes his place.
UPDATE, 4:38: Most of the talk in the Rays clubhouse was about being relieved that damage from the hurricane was not as extensive as feared, being able to get back to focusing on baseball, and being appreciative of how welcoming and accomodating the Mets staff was. T
hough there were lot of questions from the New York media about the disadvantage of the neutral site for these games being in New York, the Ray pretty much stuck to their previous answers, that it wasn't ideal but they understood the logistics involved and were happy to here.
Plus, as 3B Evan Longoria said, I don't know if there is a neutral site when you're playing the Yankees."
Duda admitted it felt "odd" to be back, even more so that the clubhouse staff gave him his same locker.
Here is the Yankees lineup:
T. Frazier 3b
UPDATE, 2:33: No RF Steven Souza Jr. again for #Rays, missing his 3rd game since bruising his left knee on Friday in Boston. And a DH day for Longoria with Plouffe at 3b.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are set to "host" the Yankees in tonight's opener of a three-game series against the Yankees relocated from the Trop due to Hurricane Irma.
That the neutral site chosen by MLB turned out to be in New York - and less than 10 miles from Yankee Stadium - was a product of logistics, specifically hotel room space, in several other MLB cities that had vacant stadiums. The only two that were said to be workable were Dodger Stadium in LA and Citi Field.
The Rays are hoping to return home to the Tampa Bay area after Wednesday's matinee series finale and resume their home schedule on Friday against the Red Sox.
Initial reports from Tropicana Field were that there was no major damage or flooding and, as long as it's okay with St. Petersburg officials from a staffing and public safety standpoint they would expect to play at home this weekend. A final decision is expected by Tuesday,
As far as tonight, the Rays will start RHP Jake Odorizzi, coming off his strong outing against the Twins, and the Yankees veteran LHP CC Sabathia.
Odorizzi has never been to Citi Field, and said he would try to at least walk out to the mound this afternoon to get a feel for it before the game. Mets 1B/DH Lucas Duda is plenty familiar with the stadium, having spent his whole career with the Mets before being acquired in a late July trade.
The Rays start play today 71-73, 3 1/2 games - but six teams - from the second AL wild-card spot. The Yankees hold the first wild-card at 77-65.
Lineups when available.