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Game 40: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on May 17, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (20-19)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Dickerson RF

RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 4.70)
Nova vs. Rays

RAYS (24-17)
Sam Fuld LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Johnny Damon DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
B.J. Upton CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Elliot Johnson SS
Kelly Shoppach C

RHP James Shields (4-1, 2.08)
Shields vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 6:40 p.m., MY9

WEATHER: Non-issue because of the dome. Failed to mention this last night: The new turf in here really looks nice.

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

IT’S BEEN A WHILE: The Yankees are 3-10 in their past 13 games, their worst stretch since going 3-11 from May 28 through June 12, 2005. Their current six-game losing streak is their longest since 2007.

GRANDY MAN CAN (AND HAS): Curtis Granderson has seven home runs against left-handed pitchers this season. No other left-handed hitter has more than three. His seven homers have come in just 40 at-bats. Previously, the most home runs vs. LHP he had in a single season was five in 2008 (when he had 147 at-bats).

ON THIS DATE: On May 17, 1998, David Wells threw the 14th regular-season perfect game in Major League history. He threw 120 pitches and struck out 11.

UPDATE, 7:03 p.m.: Very different from Sunday’s game in New York, Jorge Posada was thoroughly booed when he came to the plate for the first time tonight.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: So far, this feels like every other game I’ve seen the past two weeks.

UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Solo home run by utility infielder Elliot Johnson. That’s the kind of thing that happens when a team is playing as poorly as the Yankees right now. It’s 1-0 Rays in the bottom of the third.

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: The Yankees actually pitched around an error — yes, another error — and it’s still 1-0 at the end of the third.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez showed up tonight. His second home run of the night has given the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Of course, it would help the Yankees if someone else managed a big hit. Meanwhile, nice job by Ivan Nova so far. He’s allowed three hits through five.

UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Dave Robertson. Incredible.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Getting key outs, executing bunts, driving in runs when there are runners in scoring position and less than two outs? What team is this? Yankees are leading 4-1 after seven innings.

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