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Game 72: Yankees (39-32) vs. Rays (37-35)

NEW YORK -- Here is the lineup for Thursday night's series opener between the Yankees and Rays. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Manager Joe Girardi is sticking with Vernon Wells, despite the fact that Wells is hitting .121 since May 16 (13-for-107). "We still believe he can get it done," Girardi said, "Tonight would be a great night to start."

Girardi is going with Jayson Nix at third base and Reid Brignac at shortstop because he feels it's his best defensive lineup with Andy Pettitte, a contact pitcher, on the mound. Girardi said he'll continue to platoon David Adams and Brignac.

Brett Gardner CF

Jayson Nix 3B

Robinson Cano 2B

Travis Hafner DH

Vernon Wells LF

Ichiro Suzuki RF

Lyle Overbay 1B

Chris Stewart C

Reid Brignac SS