Rios nearly locked up

NEW YORK — Go figure that the Baseball Gods would try to force two last Opening Days in Yankee Stadium history. It’s raining here right now and it’s still up in the air as to whether this game will be played or not. As of right now, it’s on, but we’ll see what the clouds have to say about that.

The Jays have juuuust about reached a deal with right fielder Alex Rios. There’s no more deadline. That was supposed to be today, but GM J.P. Ricciardi said the sides are too close not to get something done in the next few days. Just some last-minute details to iron out and some signatures to obtain before the six-year, $65 million pact can be announced.

Matt Stairs is not in the starting lineup today, but he isn’t on the 15-day disabled list, either. The Jays are hoping they don’t need to use him today, and with the off-day tomorrow, are hoping the added rest can help him recover from the sore left hip that’s been dogging him lately.

Come Wednesday, if Stairs still can’t go, the Jays would probably put him on the DL retroactive to March 23. For nowl, Shannon Stewart is in the lineup as the left fielder. Stairs can come off the bench as a pinch hitter, if needed, and he’d be replaced on the basepaths by a pinch runner if he reached base.

Weather permitting, here are…

Today’s Lineups:

TORONTO (0-0) at NEW YORK (0-0)
at 1:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium

BLUE JAYS
David Eckstein, SS
Shannon Stewart, LF
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Marco Scutaro, 3B
Gregg Zaun, C

PITCHING: RHP Roy Halladay

YANKEES
Johnny Damon, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Bobby Abreu, RF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Jason Giambi, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, C
Hideki Matsui, DH
Mekly Cabrera, CF

PITCHING: RHP Chien-Ming Wang

Weather update from some official types down here. Game is delayed and we have no tentative start time, but they plan on trying to get this game in. More later…

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