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Game 79: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 02, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (48-30)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jayson Nix SS
Chris Stewart C

RHP Freddy Garcia (2-2, 6.39)
Garcia vs. Indians

RAYS (41-38)
Desmond Jennings LF
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Hideki Matsui RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Luke Scott DH
Jose Lobaton C
Will Rhymes 3B
Elliott Johnson SS

LHP Matt Moore (4-5, 4.19)
Moore vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., YES Network and ESPN

WEATHER: It’s very hot. And I’m very thankful for the dome.

UMPIRES: HP Joe West, 1B Sam Holbrook, 2B Mike Estabrook, 3B Rob Drake

FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 18-8 in series openers this season. They?have won eight of their last 11 openers.

FOUR OF A KIND: The Yankees have three of the American League’s eight pitchers with at least nine wins this season (Hughes, Nova and Sabathia). They have four pitchers with at least eight wins (also Kuroda). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the second time in the last 85 years — also 2003 with Clemens, Mussina, Pettitte and Wells — that the Yankees pitching staff has included four members with at least eight wins by the end of June.

ON THIS DAY: On July 2, 1941, Joe DiMaggio went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer off Dick Newsome, extending his hitting streak to 45 games and surpassing Wee Willie Keeler’s single-season record set in 1897.

UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Still no word on an injury, but Matsui is out of the game with the Keppinger in his place (Zobrist has shifted to right field). Matsui botched a fly ball in the first inning, helping the Yankees take a 2-0 lead.

UPDATE, 7:53 p.m.: Tight left hamstring for Matsui.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: B.J. Upton’s sixth homer of the year has the Rays on the board, but the Yankees are still up 2-1 in the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Rapada was getting loose in the bullpen, and I assumed it was for Pena. Instead, Garcia pitched to Pena and Pena tied the game with a solo shot. Even so, Garcia gave the Yankees 5.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits. That’s a fine return to the rotation.




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