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Game 86 Preview: Yankees vs. Rays, 7:05 ET

The Yankees return to the Bronx tonight with Derek Jeter just three hits from 3,000. You probably know this.

Right-hander Jeff Niemann is on the hill for the Rays, who begin play in third place in the AL East, four games behind the Yankees. Jeter has had success against Niemann, going 5-for-9 with two doubles a walk in their short history.

After an extended winning streak, the Yankees are scuffling a bit, losers of three of their last four. The mini-slump has allowed the Red Sox to creep right back to the brink of first place, just one half game out. Bartolo Colon looks to keep the Yankees on top, making his second start since coming off the disabled list. His 2.88 ERA is a marvel of science.

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4 game series vs Rays @ Yankee Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays
@ New York Yankees

Thursday, Jul 7, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Jeff Niemann vs Bartolo Colon

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Today's lineup:

1. Jeter SS
2. Granderson CF
3. Teixeira 1B
4. Rodriguez 3B
5. Cano 2B
6. Swisher RF
7. Posada DH
8. Martin C
9. Gardner LF
Colon P