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Game 144: Yankees vs. Rays

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Sep 14, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees lineup

1. Derek Jeter DH

2. Nick Swisher RF

3. Alex Rodriguez 3B

4. Robinson Cano 2B

5. Russell Martin C

6. Andruw Jones LF

7. Curtis Granderson CF

8. Steve Pearce 1B

9. Eduardo Nunez SS

CC Sabathia P

Rays lineup

1. Desmond Jennings LF

2. Ben Zobrist SS

3. Evan Longoria DH

4. B.J. Upton CF

5. Jeff Keppinger 3B

6. Ben Francisco RF

7. Chris Gimenez C

8. Carlos Pena 1B

9. Elliot Johnson 2B

David Price P

TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880

Umpires: Scott Barry HP, Gary Darling 1B, Paul Emmel 2B, Jerry Meals 3B

Weather: Mostly cloudy


Vs. the East: The Yankees are 7-9 so far in this stretch of 22 straight games against the AL East.

Slow starters: The Yankees have dropped five straight series openers and six of the last seven.

Price vs. Sabathia: The Rays have won six of seven games when these two have started against each other. Price is 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in those games. Sabathia has won just three of his 17 starts vs. Tampa Bay since joining the Yankees, going 3-7 with a 3.57 ERA.

Update, 7:22: Sabathia gets out of a first-and-third, two-out jam. It didn’t look like he had his good velocity again.

Update, 7:36: Cano ends a threat with a double-play ball, now 10 for his last 43.

Update, 7:47: Sabathia 1-2-3 second, and now Martin has the Yankees’ first hit off Price.

Update, 7:54: Yankees up 1-0 on Steve Pearce RBI single with two outs in the second. Yankees had been 2 for their last 35 with runners in scoring position.

Update, 8:00: Another 1-2-3 inning for Sabathia, looks like he has good off-speed stuff tonight.

Update, 8:17: Sabathia hits Longoria in the foot, then retires three straight. So he’s allowed one hit through four.

Update, 8:24: Andruw Jones pops out to end a 1-2-3 fourth. Now 0 for 2 tonight and 4 for his last 25. Price has allowed just two hits through four, both in the second.

Update, 8:34: Velocity can be negated by bad location: leadoff double by Gimenez on a 94 mph Sabathia fastball up over the plate, wild pitch, walk, RBI single by Johnson on a 93 mph fastball, RBI single by Jennings on a 93 mph fastball, 2-1 Rays in the fifth. Eppley warming.

Update, 8:43: Sabathia gets a big bases-loaded, no-out double-play ball out of Longoria, but it’s 3-1, heading for the last of the fifth. Could’ve been much worse.

Update, 8:48: Granderson hits one off the top of the fence and out into the Yankees’ pen, HR No. 38, 3-2.

Update, 8:59: Jeter passes Willie Mays, now sole possession of 10th on the all-time hits list with 3,284. First and second, two outs.

Update, 9:01: Johnson robs A-Rod of an RBI single with a diving stop, side retired.

Update, 9:08: 1-2-3 for Sabathia in the sixth.

Update, 9:15: Price was looking tough again in the sixth, 1-2-3 inning. If he holds on, he will be 18-5 in his Cy Young bid. He missed his previous start with a shoulder issue.

Update, 9:22: Sabathia is done after an RBI single by Zobrist, four runs, six hits so far, two outs in the seventh, Eppley gets the ball. It’s 4-2.

Update, 9:33: Price 1-2-3 seventh, but I believe he’s at 105 pitches.

Update, 9:37: Homer No. 23 for Upton, 5-2.

Update, 9:48: Price is done. Joel Peralta will come on for the eighth.

Update, 9:57: Long two-run HR to left for A-Rod, 5-4.

Update, 10:10: Granderson strands runners at first and second with two outs against Rodney. Chamberlain on for the ninth.

Update, 10:24: Will Jeter return to short tomorrow? Nunez error on two-out grounder makes it 6-4. Can’t hide his glove anywhere.

Update, 10:33: Yankees lose 6-4.




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