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Game 161: Yankees at Rays09.27.11

YANKEES (97-63)
Eduardo Nunez SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Bartolo Colon (8-10, 4.02)
Colon vs. Rays

RAYS (89-71)
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Sean Rodriguez 1B
Kelly Shoppach C
Reid Brignac SS

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.90)
Hellickson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10., MY9

WEATHER: Still rainy outside. Still loving the dome.

UMPIRES: HP Chad Fairchild, 1B Joe West, 2B Sam Holbrook, 3B Paul Schrieber

BEYOND SPORTS UNITED: Today, more than 70 sports teams from across the United States and the world gathered at Beyond Sport United at Yankee Stadium. The unique event assembles influential figures from all major U.S. sports and their teams to address their role in triggering positive social change in the communities they serve.

GOING DEEP: The Yankees lead the Majors with 218 home runs. They’ve hit 96 on the road and 122 at home. The Yankees are one of only two teams to record 200 homers this season (Texas has 203) and they have reached the plateau for the 11th time in the past 12 years (all but 2008).

ON THIS DATE: On September 27, 1998, the yankees beat Tampa Bay on the season’s finale day to improve to 114-48, a .704 winning percentage. They were the first team since the 194 Indians to finish with a winning percentage higher than .700.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: First Johnny Damon passed Lou Gehrig on the all-time hits list, then Ben Zobrist hit a 1-2 pitch for a two-run home run and a 2-0 Rays lead in the second inning.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Martin goes deep and it’s a 2-1 Rays lead in the third.

UPDATE, 7:59 p.m.: Wow. Pitching around Cano to face Rodriguez with two on in the third inning.

UPDATE, 8:38 p.m.: Granderson managed to tie the game, but he did it with a double-play ball to short. It’s 2-2 in the fifth as Joyce runs down a fly ball by Cano.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: The Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the sixth, but Martin just grounded into a triple play with the bases loaded. That’s a punch to the gut (or it would be if this game mattered to the Yankees).

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: There goes that. Soriano walked two straight, then gave up a three-run homer to Matt Joyce, and it’s now a 5-3 Rays lead in the seventh.

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Game 94: Yankees at Rays07.19.11

YANKEES (56-37)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

RHP Bartolo Colon (6-5, 3.47)
Colon vs. Rays

RAYS (50-43)
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Casey Kotchman 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Robinson Chirinos C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Sam Fuld LF
Reid Brignac SS

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21)
Hellickson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m., MY9

WEATHER: It’s hot outside, and it’s honestly a little bit warm inside the dome. Girardi was talking about that pregame. Not hot exactly, just a little warm in here.

UMPIRES: HP Ed Rapuano, 1B Dan Iassogna, 2B Alfonso Marquez, 3B Ed Hickox

FIVE THE HARD WAY: Last night the Yankees scored five runs on eight singles and nine walks. According to Elias, it was the first time the Ynakees scored at least five runs in nine innings or more without an extra-base hit since May 20, 2006 against the Mets. That was also a 5-4 Yankees win.

POWER OUTAGE: The Yankees have gone four games without a home run, their longest stretch of the season. They still lead the Majors in home runs, multi-homer games and home run differential.

BROTHERLY LOVE: Brandon Laird’s brother Gerald is a Cardinals catcher currently in New York to play the Mets. According to Elias, the Lairds are one of six sets of brothers currently playing in the big leagues (either active or on the DL): J.D. and Stephen Drew, Scott and Jerry Hairston, Jose and Yadier Molina, B.J. and Justin Upton and Rickie and Jemile Weeks.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: After a 1-2-3 first inning, Rafael Soriano gave up a home run and a single that later scored in the second inning. All told he pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out one.

UPDATE, 7:48 p.m.: Hellickson really does have pretty nasty stuff. He got Nunez swinging to strand runners at first and second in the second inning. Hellickson has five strikeouts through two innings.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Two-out double by Teixeira, followed by a two-run homer by Cano. It’s 2-0 Yankees in the third.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Nice sliding catch by Eduardo Nunez, who tried to play it cool for a little while, but finally cracked a smile.

UPDATE, 8:31 p.m.: Colon looks terrific. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Ivan Nova left today’s Triple-A game with some sort of leg injury.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: Sam Fuld and Reid Brignac of all people just scratched out a run against Colon. It’s now 2-1 Yankees in the bottom of the fifth. Martin came up big with a caught stealing to eliminate Brignac from the bases.

UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: As my buddy Sweeny Murti just said, that’s as good a throw as Jeter’s made in a while. I thought he had enough on it to get the out, but the Rays get the call on a close play and Colon’s pitching with a runner at first and one out in the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: After back-to-back singles in the seventh, Colon is finished and Logan is in to face Sam Fuld or a pinch hitter to be named later. Cory Wade is also loose, so I guess he could come in if the Rays switch to a right-hander.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: That fly ball was about has high as possible without hitting something in this dome. Granderson lost it, and the Rays now have the bases loaded with one out and Logan still on the mound to face Elliot Johnson.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: What a weird series of events. First Granderson lost the ball, then Logan had a potential double play ball bounce off his glove, letting the tying run score. It’s even at 2 in the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:37 p.m.: I would say Granderson should have played that ball on a hop and tried for the out at home, but on this turf, a hop is bound to fly right over his head. Brutal luck that inning as Logan essentially got four straight hitters to produce potential outs, but instead of four outs, he had two outs and two runs. It’s now 3-2 Rays.

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Spring Training Game 25: Yankees at Rays03.21.11

YANKEES (9-12-3)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter DH
Jorge Posada 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Ramiro Pena SS
Eduardo Nunez LF
Justin Maxwell RF

RHP Bartolo Colon (1-0, 3.00)
Colon vs. Rays

RAYS (9-12-1)
Ben Zobrist RF
Johnny Damon LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Dan Johnson 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Casey Kotchman DH
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Reid Brignac SS
Kelly Shoppach C

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 3.38)
Hellickson vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., according to an email from MLB Network, tonight’s game will be available on MLB Network in the New York area

WEATHER: A few clouds, but it doesn’t seem threatening. Should be clear for nine innings.

UMPIRES: HP Tim Tschida, 1B Jeff Kellogg, 2B Brian O’Nora, 3B Fieldin Culbreth

ON THE LINE: This game seems to be all about Colon. Granted, it’s another chance for Joe Girardi to see his lineup with Gardner in the leadoff spot — and it’s another opportunity to Nunez to prove he can play the outfield if necessary — but the pressure is on the Yankees starter, who’s making a surprising run at the back end of the rotation.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: LHP Manny Banuelos is on the trip and available for multiple innings in relief of Colon, but Girardi made it clear that Banuelos won’t come into the game in the middle of an inning. He has RHP Romulo Sanchez and a handful of minor league guys to fill that role.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE RAYS: RHP Kyle Farnsworth, RHP Juan Cruz and RHP Joel Peralta.

TOMORROW’S TRAVELERS TODAY: Tomorrow the Yankees are playing a day game in Sarasota. It’s a pretty brutal turnaround, because the team probably won’t get back to Tampa until well past midnight, and the players will need to report to Steinbrenner Field pretty early to catch the bus.

Pitchers who will be making the trip: Luis Ayala, Joba Chamberlain, Steve Garrison, Sergio Mitre, Ryan Pope, Mark Prior, Romulo Sanchez and Eric Wordekemper.

Players who will not be making the trip: Russell Martin, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Eric Chavez, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner.

GOOD START: The Yankees starters have lost just two games this spring and have a combined 3.81 ERA through 73.2 innings. They have allowed 14 walks with 64 strikeouts.

UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: Brian Cashman spoke before today’s game, but didn’t offer much we don’t already know. He wouldn’t comment on whether Ivan Nova has locked up a rotation spot.

“I can’t tell you when we’re going to make the decision yet,” he said. “I can just tell you the next two days are important for each individual, in Bartolo’s case and Sergio’s case, to show us what they can do and how well they can continue it.”

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Two scoreless innings for Colon, who’s also had to cover first base twice and did so with no problems.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Colon is through four innings. He’s allowed one hit, no walks and struck out four. The guy keeps impressing.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Really nice catch by Justin Maxwell to start the fifth inning, then two routine outs to end it. That’s five scoreless innings from Colon.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: It’s a 1-0 Yankees lead as Gardner scores on a ground ball in the sixth. Melky Mesa pinch ran for Jorge Posada and broke up a double play with an aggressive slide on the play.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Solo homer by Shoppach in the sixth, but Colon followed it with a strikeout and ground out. It’s 1-1 after six innings, Colon still sitting at 91-93 with his fastball.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: After eight scoreless innings this spring, Manny Banuelos has finally allowed a run on Dan Johnson’s deep home run to right field. It’s now 2-1 Rays in the seventh.

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