Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays v Yankees: Joyce heading out for rehab and lineups
Posted Jul 3, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 05:54 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Rays right fielder Matt Joyce has an 8 p.m. flight tonight to Durham, where he will begin a two-game rehab assignment Wednesday with the Triple A Bulls.
Joyce, who has been on the disabled list since June 22 because of a strained oblique, said he expects to rejoin the team this weekend in Cleveland.
In other injured news, DH Hideki Matsui said his left hamstring, which tightened up on him last night, feels better today. He said he can pinch-hit tonight.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria (left hamstring) will remain in St. Pete while the team finishes the first half of the season in Cleveland. Longoria will work with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, who will not make the trip so he can get Longoria ready for another rehab assignment.
The Rays are trying to win on back-to-back days for the first time since they swept the Marlins June 8-10 in Miami.
James Shields faces Ivan Nova, who is undefeated in his last 16 road games.
Here are the lineups:
Nova RHP (9-2, 4.03)
Shields RHP (7-5, 4.04)