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 @ Yankees: More rain in the forecast
Posted May 9, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 9, 2012 at 03:12 PM
NEW YORK Another gloomy day in the Bronx, and this one with a greater chance of rain this evening than Tuesday night.
The grounds crew is setting up for batting practice, so whatever rain is headed this way won’t arrive until after the teams take BP.
As it stands now, Jeff Niemann is set to start against David Phelps of the Yankees.
Niemann is undefeated in five career starts against the Yankee, going 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA. He’s 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA at Yankee Stadium.
The Rays are trying to avoid their second four-game losing streak of the season.
Outfielder Brandon Guyer will join the team today as a replacement for Jeff Keppinger, who was placed on the restricted list because of a personal matter. No telling how long Guyer will remain with the team. The Rays said Keppinger is not expected to miss much time, maybe one game.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Guyer was called up from Durham because the Rays wanted a right-handed bat to replace Keppinger’s.
No lineups yet, but it’s doubtful Desmond Jennings (mild left knee sprain) return to the lineup, especially on what is expected to be a wet field.