Yankees game 18 lineup: 4/22/13

The Yankees will get their first look at the Rays tonight, as they will begin a three-game series down at Tropicana Field. Recently, the Yanks have had trouble filling the win column down in St. Petersburg, especially with ace CC Sabathia on the hill. New York is 6-12 in Sabathia’s last 18 starts against the Rays, and just 1-7 in his last eight at Tropicana Field since 2009. Last year, New York went 2-7 down at the Trop. Sabathia will face the talented lefty Matt Moore tonight, and will try to end that trend. Here are the lineups:

*Kevin Youkilis was originally slated to start at 1B tonight, but has since been scratched with a tight back. He was taken out of the game on Saturday, and sat out all of yesterday. Lyle Overbay will start in his place.

New York Yankees (10-7)

Brett Gardner CF
Ben Francisco DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brennan Boesch RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B

LHP CC Sabathia (3-1, 2.57 ERA)

Tampa Bay Rays – manager: Joe Maddon (8-10)

Desmond Jennings CF
Ryan Roberts 2B
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Sean Rodriguez 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Shelley Duncan DH
Jose Lobaton C
Sam Fuld LF

LHP Matt Moore (3-0, 1.00 ERA)

Game time: 7:10 pm EST – Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, Fla.
TV: YES Network, ESPN
Radio: WCBS 880, WADO 1280 

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Ever since my parents bought me a Paul O'Neill shirt at my first Yankees game back in 1994 I've been a diehard fan. I graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 2011 with a degree in Communications/Sports Journalism, so writing about the Yankees has always been a passion of mine.

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