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Games 147 and 148: Rays at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 13, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

GAME ONE
YANKEES (77-69)

Damon CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Nady LF
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Molina C
Mussina RHP

Game 1 starter James Shields (12-8, 3.04) against the New York hitters.

Game 2 starter Matt Garza (11-9, 3.55) vs. the New York hitters.

Game 1 starter Mike Mussina (17-8, 3.48) against the Tampa Bay hitters

Game 2 starter Sidney Ponson (8-5, 5.10) vs. the Tampa Bay hitters.

Notes: Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup. … Mussina is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA against the Rays this season. … Ponson is 0-1 against the Rays this season. In 11 innings he has allowed six runs on 17 hits. He faced them as a Yankee on July 9 and allowed one run over six innings. … Derek Jeter has had 1,260 hits at Yankee Stadium. The record is 1,269 by Lou Gehrig. … The Yankees are 9-6 against Tampa Bay this season. The Rays have a losing record against only one other team in the AL, Cleveland (2-5).

RAYS INJURY UPDATE: Third baseman Evan Longoria, out since Aug. 7 because of a fractured right wrist, is expected to play the first game but not the second. “He’s feeling pretty frisky right now. There’s a decent chance that he might be out there tomorrow,” manager Joe Maddon said Friday night.

Center fielder B.J. Upton, (left quad) is not expected to play.

Enjoy the games.

UPDATE, 10:21 a.m.: The Rays have called up LHP David Price, the first pick in the 2007 draft and the best prospect in baseball. No word yet on what his role will be.

UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: A-Rod is out of at least the first game with a stiff neck. Dave Robertson also was called up. Tampa also called up Jonny Gomes.

I am not at the Stadium today and have plans tonight, so this could be it for updates.

GAME TWO
YANKEES (77-80)

Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
A. Rodriguez DH
Nady LF
Cano 2B
Betemit 1B
I. Rodriguez C
Ransom 3B
Ponson RHP

Notes: The Yankees have dropped four of their last five games and are 4-6 over their last 10. … Game 1 marked the 47th time the Yankees have scored two or fewer runs this season. That’s nearly one third of the games. … The Yankees are 20-31 in series openers.

Just wondering, but is there is any chance this team doesn’t finish with a winning record? They need to go 5-10 over the last 15 games and that’s not a lock given how they’ve shut down.

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