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OF Wil Myers was back in the lineup, though at DH for the fifth time in his last eight starts. Manager Joe Maddon insisted it is purely the product of wanting to rest Myers as he plays into September -- and possibly October -- for the first time. Sam Fuld started in right on Saturday and Sean Rodriguez in left. "This is a great time to not have (Myers) be on his feet," Maddon said. "And probably the most overriding point of that whole thing is that he does not mid DH-ing." Myers agreed. "I like it, DH is fun," he said. "Physically I'm fine, there's no problems. I don't have any arm problems, nothing with my legs or anything. I'm fine."

LHP Matt Moore (elbow soreness) was so happy with how he threw -- and felt -- in Saturday's three-inning simulated game that he wants to make his next start Thursday against the Angels. But while the Rays were encouraged with Moore's 49-pitch session, manager Joe Maddon said they're thinking the All-Star will return to the rotation after Sept. 1 roster expansion. Maddon thought Moore, out since July 28, looked good and comfortable, with solid command, Saturday. But he said the options for Moore's next step will either be a bullpen session or another simulated game Tuesday or Wednesday. After that, Moore could throw one more of those and then a minor league rehab start, or a big-league game. "I feel like I could pitch Thursday against Anaheim," Moore said. "I feel like if I go out there and throw again, I don't want to say it's going to be a waste, but at the same time, if I can be throwing in a game, I'd rather be doing that."

3B Evan Longoria is starting to look a lot like he's supposed to, with the three-time All-Star continuing his recent hot stretch at the plate by coming a triple short of the cycle Saturday and driving in two runs. Longoria doubled in the first, had the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth and added a solo homer in the eighth, his 27th on the season, lifting the Rays to a 4-2 win over the Yankees.

2B Ben Zobrist set the Rays franchise record of 76 consecutive games without an error at second base, snapping the previous mark held by Akinori Iwamura. On Saturday, Zobrist made a great play up the middle to throw out Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez in the eighth. Zobrist entered the game leading major league second basemen with a .995 fielding percentage.

LHP David Price picked up the win after another strong start Saturday, making him 7-1 with a 1.97 ERA since coming off the disabled list July 2. Price allowed just two runs over six innings, striking out five, with the key him settling down and limiting the damage in the Yankees two-run fifth. "He was outstanding," manager Joe Maddon said. "He had a really good fastball. He had a better fastball tonight than maybe he's had in his last two starts."

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