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Game 105: Rays at Yankees

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jul 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (54-50)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Vernon Wells DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brent Lillibridge 3B
David Adams 1B
Chris Stewart C

RHP Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.33)
Hughes vs. Rays 

RAYS (62-42)
Desmond Jennings CF
Luke Scott DH
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Wil Myers RF
Matt Joyce LF
Kelly Johnson 2B
Jose Lobaton C
Yunel Escobar SS

LHP Matt Moore (14-3, 3.17)
Moore vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: There’s some clouds in the sky and a chance of rain in the forecast, but we’ll be fine to start the game.

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

MATSUI COMES HOME: The Yankees honored 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui prior to today’s game as he signed a minor league deal with the team and officially retired as a Yankee. He was presented with a framed jersey by Derek Jeter and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

THE CAPTAIN IS BACK (AGAIN): After playing in just one game with the Yankees this season before suffering a quad strain, Jeter is back in pinstripes for today’s series finale with the Rays. He is batting second and playing shortstop.

(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, 1:30 p.m.: There’s no disputing it at this point: Derek Jeter’s life is one big fairy tale. He just took the first pitch that he saw and launched an opposite homer, breaking a streak of nine games without a homer for the Yankees in his first at-bat after coming off of the DL. He’s already ignited this lineup, which has taken a 3-0 lead after a sac fly from Wells and an RBI single from Ichiro. Simply amazing.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: We’ve got a lot going on today, and we’ve had some back and forth action since a dramatic first inning. Hughes surrendered the Yankees’ early lead by giving up a mammoth three-run homer to Myers in the third (the Rays’ rook looks pretty darn good), but Soriano put the Yankees back ahead 5-4 with a two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning. So far, the two players that the Yankees hoped would help them against left-handed pitching have been the difference today.

UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Man, that Myers kid is no joke. He just took Hughes deep again to tie the game at 5-5, prompting a pitching change. Preston Claiborne is coming in with no outs in the fifth.




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