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Game 39: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on May 16, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (20-18)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP A.J. Burnett (4-2, 3.38)
Burnett vs. Rays

RAYS (23-17)
Sam Fuld LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Johnny Damon DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
B.J. Upton CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Reid Brignac SS
John Jaso C

LHP David Price (5-3, 3.12)
Price vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 6:40 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Just like in your living room, only louder and bigger.

UMPIRES: HP Rob Drake, 1B Gary Darling, 2B David Rackley, 3B Paul Emmel

GRAND PLANS: Not only has Curtis Granderson topped his previous single-season high for home runs vs. LHP, he actually leads the Majors in home runs against lefties. Six of Granderson’s 13 homers have come against left-handers.

PART OF THE PROBLEM: The Yankees are 7-for-44 with runners in scoring position during their current five-game losing streak.

FIVE YEARS AGO: On this date in 2006, the Yankees tied a franchise record by overcoming a nine-run deficit to beat Texas 14-13 in nine innings. The walk-off home run was hit by … of course … Jorge Posada.

UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: Look at that, Nunez made a nice throw!

UPDATE, 7:04 p.m.: Nunez makes a nice play in the first inning, now he has a big two-run base hit in the second.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: On a 2-2 pitch, Johnny Damon has his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to pull the Rays within 2-1 in the fourth inning. Burnett has otherwise been pretty good so far.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Foul ball between Sweeny Murti and myself. I probably should have let Sweeny take it. Neither of us made the catch.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Crushed. I mean, crushed. Curtis Granderson just clobbered a three-run home run. I can’t imagine David Price has had many balls hit harder than that against him. It’s now 5-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: Things are starting to fall apart for Burnett a little bit here in the sixth. A double, two-run home run, two-out single, wild pitch and RBI single have pulled the Rays within 5-4. Looks like Luis Ayala getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 8:41 p.m.: A limited bullpen might have just cost the Yankees. Without Rafael Soriano or Dave Robertson available, Girardi tried to get one more out from A.J. Burnett. It didn’t work. Three straight two-out hits, capped by a two-run homer have put the Rays in front 6-5.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: That was a 41-pitch sixth inning for the Yankees. Burnett threw 28 of those pitches.




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