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Game 135: Yankees at Rays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Sep 04, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (76-58)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Jayson Nix 2B
Chris Dickerson RF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.90)
Garcia vs. Rays

RAYS (74-61)
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Ben Zobrist SS
Evan Longoria DH
Matt Joyce RF
Jeff Keppinger 3B
Carlos Pena 1B
Ryan Roberts 2B
Jose Molina C

RHP Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.39)
Cobb vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: A beautiful night under the dome.

UMPIRES: HP Tony Randazzo, 1B Bob Davidson, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Todd Tichenor

HITLESS HITS LEADER: Derek Jeter leads the Majors with 177 hits and ranks second in the Majors with 53 multi-hit games, but he has gone hitless in three straight games for just the second time this season (also four straight from 6/5-8).

NEED MORE: The Yankees have been held to six hits or less in each of their last four games, their longest such stretch since four in-a-row July 7-10, 1992. The Yankees have not had a longer such stretch since August 30 through September 5, 1990 (six straight).

ON THIS DATE: On September 4, 1993, Jim Abbott became the second Yankees left hander to throw a no-hitter, beating the Indians 4-0 at Yankee Stadium. It was the fourth no-hitter in Yankee Stadium history.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: Cano said he wouldn’t be 100 percent today, but he got plenty of that one, a two-run homer for a 2-0 Yankees lead in the first.

UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: One run for the Rays already this inning, now the Yankees infield is playing in with one out, a runner at third and Longoria at the plate. That’s pretty aggressive.

UPDATE, 7:41 p.m.: If Dickerson proves he can steal bases at least as well as Eduardo Nunez, he’s gotta have a chance of making the postseason roster, right?

UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Very nice play by Rodriguez, strong throw and a good scoop by Swisher.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Bases were empty with two outs, but Garcia walked Zobrist and gave up a two-run bomb to Longoria. Now the Rays are in front 3-2. Brutal turn of events for the Yankees starter.

UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Girardi was ejected from the dugout. I guess he was arguing the called thrid strike, though replays make it look like Girardi never got especially worked up. He was plenty mad by the time he left the field, though.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Looked like Garcia didn’t get that pitch inside enough against Jennings, and the solo homer has pushed the Rays lead to 4-2. The Orioles, by the way, are up by four against Toronto.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Make that back-to-back homers for the Rays, and a five-run lead for the Orioles.




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