The biggest constant for the Yankees lineup this season has been its seemingly constant state of flux.
Roster shuffling is becoming the norm for New York, which on Saturday placed Curtis Granderson on the 15-day disabled list, recalled his presumed replacement -- Brennan Boesch -- from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and claimed reliever David Huff off waivers from the Indians.
"I think you roll with the punches because you have to," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think the feelings that we have right now, there's a sadness for Curtis. It's a big year for him. He's a big player for our lineup. And there's a sadness that he's going through it again. We understand it, and we know how to deal with it, but you feel bad for a guy with what he's had to go through."
The New York lineup, cobbled together in the absence of several of its big names, will have a shot at redemption Sunday against Alex Cobb.
The Rays starter handcuffed the Yanks for 8 1/3 innings in his first start against them this season, when he took a shutout into the ninth inning. Cobb held the Yankees scoreless and allowed just three hits before giving way to the bullpen. He struck out seven and walked only one batter against a lineup lacking familiar names from years past such as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Granderson.
But Cobb says the lineup shuffling hasn't altered the way he'll prepare for Sunday's start opposite CC Sabathia.
"No, you don't look at it per team. You look at it per outing. That's how you have to prepare," Cobb said. "I've faced these guys relatively recently, so it's not too much of an adjustment. Kind of go back and look at the game. See how I attacked them. In the past, if they made adjustments, then I'll have to make adjustments in the early innings to combat that. Right now, I'll go in with a game plan that I've had in the past and see how it works."
Cobb will have another seamless transition when he sees the Yankees' best hitter -- Robinson Cano -- in the No. 2 spot in the order. Cobb, whose last start came Tuesday in Toronto, saw Jose Bautista bat second for the Blue Jays.
"It's interesting, because I feel like in these situations, they're giving their best hitters more at-bats. Especially against the starter. It does make it tougher for us," Cobb said. "But going into the game, it doesn't make a difference."
Yankees: Boesch recalled to replace injured Granderson
• Boesch will get an opportunity to turn adversity into some playing time.
Boesch was tapped because Girardi said he wanted a veteran left-handed hitter to replace the lefty Granderson, who broke his left pinky and will be out at least four weeks.
"He's been here, he's got a lot of experience and we lost a left-handed hitter, so we replaced him with a left-handed hitter," Girardi said. "He didn't get to play a ton when he was up here [earlier], but we saw some good things."
New York on Friday began a stretch of its schedule in which it plays 17 consecutive days, so Boesch will likely get some looks.
"I can't run our outfielders out there every day, so he's going to play some, yeah," Girardi said.
Rays: Off-day allows for juggled rotation
• Rays manager Joe Maddon had the luxury of mixing his pitching staff around against the Yankees.
He took advantage of an off-day Thursday to move Cobb up to start opposite Sabathia in the series finale.
Sunday's game normally would have been David Price's turn, but he's on the 15-day DL with a strained triceps muscle. With Price out, Maddon moved Cobb's start up a day.
Rookie Jake Odorizzi, slated to fill in for Price, switched places with Cobb and will instead pitch Monday against the Marlins.
• Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain may have made his last rehab appearance before being reactivated from the 15-day DL, Girardi said. Chamberlain, who has been on the shelf with a mild oblique strain, threw two innings in an extended spring training game Saturday.
• Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda threw a bullpen session Saturday and felt good afterward, Girardi said.
• Evan Longoria has great career numbers against Sabathia. In 53 career plate appearances, the Rays third baseman is hitting .366 with five home runs. His career on-base percentage against Sabathia is .509, and he's slugging .805.
Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.