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Game 156: Yankees vs. Rays09.22.11

YANKEES (95-60)
Derek Jeter SS
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Mark Teixeira DH
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero C
Jorge Posada 1B
Brandon Laird 3B
Greg Golson CF

RHP Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81)
Colon vs. Rays

RAYS (85-70)
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Casey Kotchman 1B
John Jaso C
Reid Brignac SS

LHP Matt Moore (0-0, 6.23)
Moore vs. Yankees *This is Moore’s debut against the Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05., YES Network/ESPN

WEATHER: It was pretty warm this afternoon, but it’s getting cool here at the stadium. Temperatures are dipping into the lower 70s and upper 60s.

UMPIRES: HP Fieldin Culbreth, 1B John Hirschbeck, 2B Wally Bell, 3B Scott Barry

SOUNDS NICE, MAKE IT TWICE: The Yankees won both ends of yesterday’s doubleheader, 4-2, marking the first time they won both games of a doubleheader by the same score since July 8, 2000, when they also won both games of a split-stadium, day-night doubleheader against the Mets by a 4-2 score.

CHANCE TO SWEEP: The Yankees will look to complete their 10th series sweep of the season. It would be their second four-game series sweep, they also took one of those in Chicago. Last year the Yankees swept a series only six times, and they are looking for their first sweep of the Rays since taking four games at home in 2009.

GUEST OF HONOR: As part of the team’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, Felipe Payano, the Dominican Republic’s Minister of Sports and Recreation will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. On Saturday, Emmy Award-winning actress and performer Lucie Arnaz — daughter of Lucille Ball and Cuban-born Desi Arnaz — will get the honor.

UPDATE, 7:18 p.m.: After Colon’s last start, I talked to a scout who was extremely unimpressed with his fastball. Now it looks like the Rays are similarly unimpressed. They’ve scored three first-inning runs, and Colon is looking pretty hitable.

UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Safe to say Colon looks nothing like the pitcher who thrived in the first half. He just gave up a two-run homer to Zobrist and the Rays are leading 7-0 in the third inning. There’s already activity in the Yankees bullpen with Scott Proctor up and throwing.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Here’s Proctor. Colon lasted three innings, they weren’t good innings.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Second two-run homer of the inning off Proctor and the Rays are up 11-0 in the fourth. Not pretty. Not at all pretty.

UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: Aaron Laffey pitching. Ramiro Pena replacing Jeter at short. Chris Dickerson replacing Swisher in right. There are no Yankees regulars on the field right now.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: After four and a half innings and three Yankees pitchers, the Rays have a 13-0 lead with 15 hits. They’ve also walked three times and stuck out only twice. Ugly.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Andrew Brackman warming. That’s worth sticking around.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: This could be interesting — either really good or really bad — as Brackman enters for his big league debut.

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Andruw Jones goes deep, his 12th homer of the season.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Betances warming in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Control was an issue for Betances in the minor leagues this season, and it was a problem for him in his Major League debut. Four walks, a hit batter and two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

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