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Game 154: Yankees vs. Rays

I brought a windbreaker to the Stadium today, just in case things get a little wet in the Yankees’ clubhouse at some point. There could be some splashing around, with the Yankees’ magic number for the playoffs at two and the AL East at three.

Any win over the Rays clinches a postseason berth, while a doubleheader sweep and a Red Sox loss to the Orioles tonight would secure the division. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he hasn’t really talked to the team about celebrating.

“I want the guys just to do what comes natural to them. I feel that’s important,” Girardi said. “The guys have worked extremely hard all year long and we know what the goals are here, to clinch the division and get home field advantage. I let them do what they want, in a sense.”

Girardi acknowledged that it might be a little odd to spray bubbly between games of a doubleheader, but there’s a chance it might happen.

“I want them to let out when they have an ability to let things out,” Girardi said. “Obviously we’d have to be careful what we did in between games, but we’ll see.”

Here are this afternoon’s lineups for Game 1 –

September 21, 2011 – Yankee Stadium – 1:05 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)

RAYS (85-68)
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Johnny Damon DH
Casey Kotchman 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Elliot Johnson 2B
Reid Brignac SS

Pitching: James Shields RHP (15-11, 2.78)

YANKEES (93-60)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada 1B
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Austin Romine C

Pitching: Hector Noesi RHP (2-1, 4.01)

Game 96: Yankees at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Interesting read on the front page of the St. Petersburg Times this morning, on the criticism of Tropicana Field and how it affects attendance.

With CC Sabathia starting on his 31st birthday today, I filed a column on his recent stretch, his chances of winning 300 and the possibility that he’s only reaching his prime right now.

CC (pictured right by The Associated Press) said he hasn’t made a decision yet on whether or not to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract (though the popular belief is that there’s no way he wouldn’t, considering how well he’s pitching, how important he is to the Yankees and how slim the free-agent crop of starters will be this offseason).

Asked if he can see himself finishing his career in New York, he said: “Of course. This is definitely one of the storied franchises in baseball, and to be able to be a part of it and win a championship two years ago was great. Hopefully I can continue to be here.”

Asked if he feels the Yankees need to make a rotation addition before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, CC said: “We’re good. Of course, you can always try to do something, but with the way we pitched this year, I think we can be good enough to make the playoffs.”

Interesting lineup prior to the rematch of CC and James Shields. Curtis Granderson is out, as expected, after getting banged up on Wednesday. And Brett Gardner is leading off, with Derek Jeter batting second, as Joe Girardi hinted at prior to Wednesday’s game. The fact Granderson and Alex Rodriguez are both out made that a pretty easy decision.

Only time will tell if Gardner continues to lead off on a consistent basis moving forward, but Girardi did say he has no problem leading him off against a lefty starter now …

YANKEES (57-38)
Gardner, LF
Jeter, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Chris Dickerson, LF

Pitching: LH Sabathia (14-4, 2.64 ERA)

RAYS (51-45)
Ben Zobrist, DH
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Evan Longoria, 3B
B.J. Upton, CF
Justin Ruggiano, RF
Kelly Shoppach, C
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Elliot Johnson, SS
Sam Fuld, LF

Pitching: RH Shields (8-8, 2.60 ERA)

Some other links from last night …

* Yanks-Rays game story on redemption

* Yankees Notebook, on Granderson, Nova, lineups and roofs

* Preview for Shields and CC

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