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Game 87: Yankees vs. Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Jul 09, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (51-35)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF

RHP A.J. Burnett (8-7, 4.12)
Burnett vs. Rays

RAYS (49-39)
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Casey Kotchman 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Matt Joyce LF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
John Jaso C
Reid Brignac SS

LHP David Price (8-7, 3.56)
Price vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network

WEATHER: The rain has gone away, that’s for sure. It’s hot and sunny here in the Bronx.

UMPIRES: HP Jim Wolf, 1B Ron Kulpa, 2B Gary Cederstrom, 3B Derryl Cousins

UNDER THE SUN: Another day game for the Yankees, and that should be a good thing. The Yankees are a Major League-best 24-5 in day games this season. They’re hitting .280 and have a 2.73 team ERA under the sunshine.

CANO AT THE BREAK: Two days before the all-star break, Robinson Cano has 21 doubles, five triples and 15 homers. According to Elias, the last player to have at least 20, 5 and 15 before the all-star break was Jimmy Rollins in 2007 — his MVP year — and the only Yankees to have those totals at the break were Lou Gehrig in 1936 and Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

NOT SURE YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS: Derek Jeter is two hits away from 3,000 for his career. He has a hit in 18 of his past 21 games.

HE FEELS YOUR PAIN: In a strange coincidence, the Braves announced today that their own veteran third baseman, Chipper Jones, will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus that’s bothered him all season. Jones had been playing through the injury, but the pain became unmanageable.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Burnett sends the side down in order in the first inning. Up next, Derek Jeter’s for at-bat No. 1.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Huge ovation for Jeter’s first at-bat. Now the two sides of the stadium are trying to get in sync for their “De-rek Je-ter” chant.

UPDATE, 1:17 p.m.: I’m really not sure how much louder this place can get. Nice first AB, shoots a bouncing single through the left side of the infield and just like that, Jeter’s one away from 3,000.

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Matt Joyce is really having a great year, and he just took Burnett deep — really deep — to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead with two outs in the second. That homer gives Joyce a career-high 12 for the season.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Burnett worked another 1-2-3 inning in the top of the third, and Jeter will get his first chance at 3,000 here in the bottom half of the inning. Brett Gardner will lead off, then it’s The Captain’s turn.

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Gardner couldn’t help himself. Headfirst slide into first base and he’s out, bringing up Jeter.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Only Jeter. Home run to left for No. 3,000. Unreal. First one to greet him at the plate was Posada, who practically crushed him with a bear hug. The Rays are out of the dugout applauding, led by Damon.

UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: When Jeter came out for his curtain call, he waved to the fans, then waved and pointed to the mound as if apologizing to David Price for the delay. Then Jeter turned to his parents’ luxury box and held his fist in the air. The video board showed a series of pictures of every member of the 3,000 hit club before finally cutting to a picture of Jeter with the No. 3,000. Really amazing moment.

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Jeter’s first home home run since July 22, 2010, snapping a streak of 286 at-bats without one. Seriously, this guy knows how to reach a milestone.

UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: The Yankees have a 2-1 lead after Russell Martin’s RBI single, and as the team took the field for the top of the fourth, the video board showed a series of former and current Yankees talking 3,000. It ended with Andy Pettitte, obviously filmed at home in Texas, saying how proud he feels. Jeter was on the field watching the end of the video.

UPDATE, 2:23 p.m.: Immediately after tonight’s game, YES will air a special entitled JETER 3,000 that will include Jeter and Girardi’s postgame press conferences, as well as a sit-down interview between Jeter and Jack Curry. There will also be sound from various former teammates and others connected to Jeter.

UPDATE, 2:43 p.m.: Jeter is now a hit away from the cycle. He just doubled to leadoff the fifth inning, and both Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez made their way over to tell him congratulations.

UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Career hit No. 3,001 sparked a two-run fifth-inning that has the Yankees back in the lead, 4-3.

UPDATE, 3:54 p.m.: Dave Robertson has allowed the tying run in the eighth inning. It’s a 4-4 game, and the Yankees have only scored in innings when Jeter has had a hit. He’d be the third hitter in the bottom of the eighth.

UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Has Eduardo Nunez ever had a hit without his helmet falling off? His leadoff double in the eighth has the Yankees in scoring position with no outs and the game still tied at 4.

UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: OK, this has gotten absurd. Jeter just tied his career high with five hits, and the fifth just drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. The Yankees have only scored in innings in which Jeter has a hit. He and Craig Biggio are the only players to ever reach 3,000 during a five-hit game. He and Wade Boggs are the only players to ever reach 3,000 with a home run. This is Jeter’s third career five-hit game.

UPDATE, 4:06 p.m.: Jeter’s the first player to ever get five hits in a game at the current Yankee Stadium. Of course he is.

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