Joe Maddon sought some assistance in devising his lineup for Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees, so the Tampa Bay Rays manager walked from his team's hotel in Times Square to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Maddon said he sat in the back for his late-morning visit.
''I was looking for inspiration,'' he said. ''I saw St. Jude - don't know how good he is with the hit and run. Was a pretty good defender.''
St. Jude is considered the patron saint of hopeless cases.
Maddon lit a candle, but not specifically for the Rays.
''For general purposes,'' he said.
Maddon didn't start outfielder Desmond Jennings (tight left hamstring) and shortstop Yunel Escobar (sore left ankle), and he had Delmon Young at designated hitter instead of Luke Scott.
Maddon said he was concerned the Yankees would take out starter Phil Hughes early and bring in a left-hander.
Closing in on its fourth postseason berth in six years, Tampa Bay began the day with a one-game lead over Cleveland in the AL ...