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Game 41: Yankees vs. Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on May 20, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (25-15)
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Juan Miranda DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Randy Winn LF

LHP Andy Pettitte (5-0, 1.79)
Career vs. Rays

RAYS (29-11)
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Willy Aybar DH
Dioner Navarro C
Gabe Kapler RF

RHP James Shields (4-1, 3.00)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./MY9 and MLB Network

UMPIRES: HP Larry Vanover, 1B Mark Carlson, 2B Angel Campos, 3B Jeff Nelson

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s. Not a cloud in the sky. Beautiful way to wrap up the home stand.

HOME SWEET HOME: Yankee Stadium is nominated for Sports Facility of the Year at the third annual Sports Business Awards presented by Sports Business Journal tonight at Manhattan’s Marriot Marquis. The stadium is up against Cowbodys Stadium, Staples Center and Citi Field.

GOOD HITTIN’: Robinson Cano has a 1.000 slugging percentage in 26 career at-bats against Tampa Bay starter James Shields. He has a .462 batting average with two home runs, two triples and four doubles. Nick Swisher has only two hits in 11 at-bats against Shields, but both hits were home runs.

GOOD TIMING: Alex Rodriguez is batting .410 with four doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI with runners in scoring position this season. He is 4-for-7 with 12 RBI with the bases loaded. In his career, Rodriguez has hit 20 home runs that tied the game or put his team in the lead in the ninth inning or later.

UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Three batters into the game, the Rays have a 3-0 lead. Double. Single. Home run. Dave Eiland has already made a trip to the mound to talk to Pettitte.

UPDATE, 7:47 p.m.: Two years covering Juan Miranda in Triple-A, I never once saw him bunt. He must have read a sign wrong, and he followed the foul bunt with his second homer of the season. I’ve seen him do that a lot. It’s now 3-2 Rays.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: The Yankees have extended their Player Development Contract with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre through the 2014 season. See what happens when you make the field drain properly! Those are a lot of great people working in Scranton. I’m happy to see the Yankees are sticking around.

UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: That’s a heckuva pickoff move by Pettitte. Zobrist was frozen and the Yankees are out of the inning.

UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: These Yankees can run a little bit too. Beating the Rays at their own game, the Yankees got back-to-back bunt singles and have tied the game at 3.

UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: B.J. Upton lost the ball in the air, and Juan Miranda is now a double and a triple short of the cycle. He’s also — I imagine — exhausted at third base.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Sac fly by Randy Winn has tied the game at 4. He hit the ball deep but Carl Crawford made the catch on the warning track.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Rocky fifth for Pettitte. Single, walk, single have given the Rays a 5-4 lead and Dave Robertson is getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Pettitte allowed his third home run of the night, and with that, his night was done. Dave Robertson breezed through three straight to end the inning — and maybe get himself going again — but Pettitte left with a 7-4 deficit.

UPDATE, 9:36 p.m.: Frustration seems to be pretty thick here at Yankee Stadium. Chan Ho Park has given up a home run and the boos immediately started. It’s now 8-4 Rays.

UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Joe Girardi is not at all happy about the strike zone, but the fact remains that the Yankees are getting beat up tonight. Unless they have another big rally in them, this is not a good way to end this home stand.




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