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Game 103: Rays at Yankees

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jul 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (54-48)
Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Travis Hafner DH
Brent Lillibridge 3B
Austin Romine C

LHP CC Sabathia (9-8, 4.37)
Sabathia vs. Rays 

RAYS (60-42)
Desmond Jennings CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Wil Myers DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Sean Rodriguez RF
Yunel Escobar SS
James Loney 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Sam Fuld LF

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (9-3, 4.62)
Hellickson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9

WEATHER: Gorgeous night here in Bronx. The brutal humidity from the last home stand has died down a bit and we’ve got clear skies and temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s.

UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B Jim Reynolds, 2B John Hirschbeck, 3B James Hoye

SORI RETURNS: Nearly 10 years after his last appearance in pinstripes, Alfonso Soriano is back in a Yankee uniform. The trade was finalized just an hour or two ago, and he’s already playing left field and batting cleanup. Through a negotiation with Vernon Wells, Soriano is donning his old No. 12 jersey.

HE’S A WINNER: Brent Lillibridge drove in both of the Yankees’ game-winning runs in their series at Texas from Monday-Thursday.

THE CHARLESTOWN COMET: Brett Gardner recorded his 154th career stolen base in the first inning of Wednesday’s loss at Texas, surpassing Mickey Mantle (153) for sole possession of ninth place on the all-time Yankees franchise list.

(I’ll be updating what’s going on in the game here every so often, but I’ll be much more active on Twitter. Follow me @vzmercogliano to join in the conversation!)

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: The tough times continue for CC. He allowed six runs in the second to put the Yankees in a deep hole and take the air out of Soriano’s return. A lot of chatter in the press box about whether CC will ever be the same. I’d say probably not, but he has to figure out a way to be better than this, right?

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: The Yankees got one run back on an RBI single from the suddenly hot Romine, but should have had even more. Soriano came up with two outs and the bases loaded and popped out to right. Rays lead 6-1 in the fourth.

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