Update, 7:16: Kind of a rocky start for A.J. Burnett. A single, a walk and ultimately a rocket of a sac fly by Evan Longoria that Curtis Granderson ran down near the track in center. But it’s only 1-0. Yankees turn.
Update, 7:40: The Rays’ starting pitching has generally been brutal lately, with a 6.80 ERA over the last 16 games. But rookie Wade Davis hasn’t been the problem. He’s won his last seven decisions, three since he came off the DL, and is unbeaten in his last 11 starts. He hasn’t given up a hit through two, six up, six down.
Update, 7:54: Burnett has made it through three with one run, two hits and two walks allowed. He has been pitching better this month. But his ERA at first pitch was still 5.08. He shouldn’t been so inconsistent, but he is.
Update, 7:58: Finally a Yankees baserunner. Curtis Granderson walks with one out in the third. Also, it’s starting to rain. The tarp is coming out.
Update, 8:30: It’s still raining. Wonder if Burnett and Davis will be back out if this goes on much longer.
Update, 8:55: It’s coming up near an hour. Hard to believe now that they would bring the starters back. Weather.com has it clear at 11, but we’ve had no announcements here. Hope it’s sooner than that. There has been a lot of lightning and the fans here were urged by PA announcer Paul Olden to seek cover.
Update, 9:18: This just in: It’s still raining here. Where’s the retractable roof when you need it? Olden told the crowd they’re stilling hope to resume this game at some point.
Update, 9:40: It’s still raining, but the grounds crew has come out to take off the wood planks holding down the tarp. It’s being pulled off. The rain seems to be getting light.
Update, 9:51: The game will resume at approximately at 10:05. Going to be a late night.
Update, 9:59: The Yankees didn’t get a hit off promising rookie Wade Davis in 2 1/3. Now they’re going to get another promising Rays rookie righty, Jeremy Hellickson, when we resume. And the Yankees are going to get their first look at Royce Ring, who will replace Burnett.
Update, 10:10: The count is 1-1 on Francisco Cervelli. Curtis Granderson is on first. Let’s start again.
Update, 10:12: Cervelli fans. The delay was two hours, 11 minutes. Dustin Moseley, by the way, has joined Ring warming in the Yankees’ pen.
Update, 10:16: Ring will make his pinstriped debut.
Update, 10:24: Ring was throwing in the mid-80s, but it was a tidy 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts looking.
Update, 10:29: Just what Mark Teixeira needed, another bruise. Hellickson drilled him in the right leg, near the bottom of the hamstring. Teixeira is already playing with a broken little toe on his right foot and a bone bruise on his right thumb.
Update, 10:35: No-hitter for the Rays through four.
Update, 10:39: Boston beat Baltimore 6-1, so the Yankees or Rays will only be picking up one game in the magic number department tonight. The Yankees are at three to clinch a playoff ticket, and the Rays are at 6. It’s the Yankees or Rays wins wins combined with Red Sox losses to make the magic number.
Update, 10:41: Ring issued a two-out walk in the fifth, so now it’s Dustin Moseley’s turn.
Update, 10:46: Carl Crawford punched that ball through the middle, and it’s 2-0.
Update, 10:54: Lance Berkman breaks up the no-hitter in a big way. He lined that pitch from Hellickson to the right-center seats for his first homer as a Yankee, and it’s 2-1.
Update, 11:01: Dan Johnson has hurt the Yankees these last two weeks. There went another homer, solo shot in the sixth. Moseley isn’t fooling people. Matt Joyce followed with a one-hop drive to the fence in right-center for a double. The fans were booing. Chad Gaudin is warming.
Update, 11:09: Great job by Teixeira and Cervelli. Teixeira fired home on Reid Brignac’s soft bouncer and Joyce was tagged out by a twisting Cervelli.
Update, 11:12: It’s nice for the Yankees that they have such a golden glove at first. Teixeira started the 3-6-3 double play, and Moseley gets to escape a first-and-third no-out problem.
Update, 11:16: Derek Jeter singles to left. The Captain now has an 11-game winning streak. Randy Choate is warming for the Rays.
Update, 11:20: That’s RBI No. 113 for A-Rod on the bloop single to left-center. It’s 3-2 and Hellickson is done. Choate is on with two outs here in the sixth.
Update, 11:26: Choate got Robinson Cano to pop up. Chad Gaudin will take the ball to start the seventh.
Update, 11:31: So who do you want more on the free-agent market, Cliff Lee or Carl Crawford? Crawford hit a solo shot to the right-center seats. And now Gaudin has served up back-to-back homers. Evan Longoria has reached the Yankees’ bullpen. So it’s 5-2.
Update, 11:36: Grant Balfour is on to work the seventh for Tampa Bay.
Update, 11:56: Jonathan Albaladejo walks two in a row to force in a run – 6-2, with two outs in the eighth.
Update, 12:34: Yankees lose, 7-2. Time of the game was 3:15. Somehow it seemed longer.