March 16, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) on the mound against the Washington Nationals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Rays vs. Yankees: New York Swept By Tampa Bay In Season-Opening Series

The Yankees fell to the Rays on Sunday, 3-0, and were swept in their 2012 season-opening series.

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Rays Vs. Yankees: New York Looks To Avoid Series Sweep From Tampa Bay

The New York Yankees will try to avoid a season-opening, three-game sweep form the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, as Phil Hughes opposes the Ray's Jeremy Hellickson (1:40 p.m. ET on YES Network/TBS) at Tropicana Field. The pitching match-up will showcase two young hurlers, who each have the potential to be their franchises front-line starters.

On Saturday, one of Tampa Bay's franchise pitchers, David Price, out-dueled a struggling Hiroki Kuroda, as the Rays won 8-6. The victory followed up a Opening Day win that came behind a solid start from James Shields. If the Rays can get a solid start from Hellickson, they will be in good shape to earn a series sweep of the Yankees, who will have lost to the Rays six straight times dating back to last season's season-ending series.

However, the hope is Hughes, who went 5-5 with a 5.79 ERA, has a bounce-back season and returns to his '10 form -- 18-8 and 4.19 ERA.

Both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez will be in the lineup for the Yankees, who will be giving catcher Russell Martin the day off as Christ Stweart makes his 2012 debut. Designated hitter Raul Ibanez also returns to the batting order, as Jeter returns to the field.

For more on the Yankees, check out the SB Nation blog Pinstripe Alley, while D-Rays Bayis all about the Rays.

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Yankees Opening Day 2012: New York Lineup, Batting Order Posted

The New York Yankees are hours away from opening-up their 2012 season Friday, and the lineup has already been posted by YES Network via Twitter. Now if you're a Yankee historian, then you might want to bookmark this page, so in the future you can use it as a reference.

Jokes aside, nothing unexpected from manger Joe Girardi, who posted this lineup and batting order for the Yanks match-up with the Tampa Bay Rays, which begins at 3:10 p.m. ET:

1) Derek Jeter, SS
2) Curtis Granderson, CF
3) Robinson Cano, 2B
4) Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5) Mark Teixeira, 1B
6) Nick Swisher, RF
7) Raul Ibanez, DH
8) Russell Martin, C
9) Brett Gardner, LF

On the mound for New York is ace CC Sabathia, who will oppose Tampa Bay's James Shields. Also, if needed, the Yankees Mariano Rivera will close out the game in the begging of his 18th season.

For more on the Yankees, check out the SB Nation blog Pinstripe Alley, while D-Rays Bay is all about the Rays.

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Rays vs. Yankees: New York Begins 2012 Season At Tampa Bay

The New York Yankees begins their quest for a 28th World Series Championship Friday, as they visit the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field (3:10 p.m. ET).

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