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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

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:

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Ibanez DH
Chavez 1B
Martin C
Wise LF

Nova RHP (9-2, 4.03)

Jennings LF
Peña 1B
Upton CF
Keppinger 3B
Zobrist RF
Scott DH
Molina C
Rodriguez 2B
Johnson SS

Shields RHP (7-5, 4.04)

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