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SS Derek Jeter (calf) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Monday and return to the lineup, manager Joe Girardi said. Jeter was slated to play Saturday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in what will likely be his third and final rehab game of his most recent rehab stint. "That's the plan," Girardi said. "As long as everything goes OK [on Saturday, Sunday] is probably just a little workout."
INF Lyle Overbay was still experiencing flu-like symptoms and may not be available to play on Saturday, Girardi said. Overbay likely would not have started anyway against LHP David Price. Mark Reynolds started at first base for the second time in as many games. Reynolds recorded his second multi-hit game with the Yankees on Saturday, going 2-for-3, after being 0-for-12 in his previous five games.
LHP CC Sabathia pitched well Saturday, better than he has for a lot of this season, but it wasn't enough as he surrendered a two-run lead by allowing three runs in the sixth inning Saturday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia, who held the Rays to just one hit through five, may have thrown the "best five innings he's thrown all year in a group like that." But Sabathia lost his command in the sixth, saying he "tried to nibble and it cost us the game." Sabathia has won just 4 of his 23 starts against the Rays since becoming a Yankee before 2009.
OF Brett Gardner was happy to find out that precautionary x-rays Saturday morning on his right hand, hit by a Rays RHP Chris Archer pitch Friday, came back negative. "When it got hit initially, it hurt, but afterwards, it was going well," said Gardner. "I knew it wasn't broken, so I wasn't concerned about it." Gardner was not in the lineup Saturday against the Rays, but manager Joe Girardi said it was mostly due to his lack of success against LHP David Price (2-for-14).