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Rays v. Yankees: Rodney remains confident

Posted May 26, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays will try to salvage the final game of this three-game series with the Yankees this afternoon at the Trop.

The Rays have dropped three straight overall and a season-high four straight at home – two to the Red Sox and two to the Yankees.

They appeared to have Saturday’s game locked up, but Fernando Rodney blew his fifth save after being one strike away from nailing down the win on two occasions. Instead of a 3-1 victory, the Rays lost 4-3 in 11 innings.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he still has confidence in Rodney, and Rodney said this morning he’s ready to close out today’s game if the situation arises in the ninth inning.

Rodney said he hasn’t lost confidence. “Come the next day, try again,” he said.

Alex Cobb, moved up one day to face the Yankees, will be opposed by CC Sabathia.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Cano 2B
Wells LF
Hafner DH
Overbay 1B
Adams 3B
Suzuki RF
Nix SS
Romine C

Sabathia LHP (4-3, 3.43)

RAYS
Jennings CF
Roberts 2B
Longoria 3B
Zobrist DH
Rodriguez LF
Escobar SS
Loney 1 B
Lobaton C
Fuld RF

Cobb RHP (5-2, 2.73)

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