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Friday, July 16, 2010
Game 89: Rays @ Yankees

By Wallace Matthews

10:38: Swsiher lines a single to right and it's pie time, walk-off 5-4 victory in the bottom of the ninth. Boss woulda liked it

10:34: Jeter gets a call from HP ump Cousins on a 2-2 FB that was the exact same pitch called a strike for Mariano vs. Longoria to end the prevcious inning, then goes down flailing at a nasty curveball for the second out. Wheeler did his job and he's outta here. RHP Lance Cormier on to pitch to Swisher

10:31: Jeter up, two runners on, one out. Dramatic Moment coming up

10:27: Choate walks Gardner and we're all set up for a fairy-tale finish with Jeter coming to bat. But first, a pitching change; Choate out, RHP Dan Wheeler coming in

10:21: Make that bunting for Miranda. Pena sacs Granderson to second, and now the winning run s in scoring position for Gardner and Jeter

10:20: Ramiro Pena hitting for Miranda

10:19: Granderson just found another on the short list of lefties he can hit, singles to lead off the ninth

10:16: LHP Randy Choate on to pitch the ninth against Granderson, Miranda, Gardner

10:13: Longoria goes down looking at a cutter on the outside edge, slams his bat down in disgust.

10;11: Crawford flies to right. Two out.

10:09: Rivera picks Upton off first base; inexcusable mistake

10:06: Rivera saws off Upton but the barrel of his bat and the ball both fly toward A-rod, who cowers and can;t make the play. Rays have a leadoff baserunner in the ninth

10:03: cano grounds out on a neat backhand flip by 2B Zobrist to end the eighth; Mariano coming on to pitch the ninth inning of a tie game

9:59: Cano strikes out on a nasty changeup and it's up to Posada

9:54: After Teixeira walks, A-Rod pops to the infield on a 3-1 pitch. One out

9:51: Coming in, Swish was 2-for-9 vs. Benoit, both HRs. Now, he's 3-for-10, 3 HRs

9:49: Swisher drops a bomb into the second deck in right to tie the game at 4 with none out in the eighth

9:45: RHP Joaquin Benoit in to pitch the eighth vs. Swisher, Teixeira, Rodriguez

9:43: Robertson Ks Bartlett to complete overpowering inning

9:42: Robertson strikes out Kapler for the second out

9:40: Robertson begins well, fanning Aybar on a curveball

9:37: Sabathia's line: 7IP, 8H, 4R (3ER), 4BB, 6K, his worst outing since 6/3, which tells you how good he's been

9:36: Yankees go in order in the seventh. David Robertson coming in to pitch the eighth.

9:28: Shields is gone after 6IP, 4H, 3R, 2 HRs, RHP Grant Balfour on to pitch the seventh for Tampa

9:26: Cano makes a good play, charging Shoppach's bouncer, to end the inning without further damage

9:23: Rays retake the lead on Zobrist's slow bouncer to third, scoring Upton; Shoppach up with seocnd and third, two out

9:21: CC Ks Pena on a slider for the first out

9:19: CC in trouble again as an infield hit, a bouncer through the hole into right, and an intentional walk loads the bases with none out for Pena in the seventh

9:12: Cano's #s vs. Shields: 14-32 (.438) with three HRs; Posada 5-21 (.238), 1 HR 

9:10: Now Posada goes bombs away into the second deck in right and we've got a tie ballgame

9:08: That was Cano's 17th HR of the season, tying him with Teixeira for the team lead

9:07: Cano absolutely pulverizes a 1-2 hanging slider on a line over the RCF fence and it's a 3-2 game

9:00: Sabathia pitches his way out of trouble on a short fly to right an a groundout to shirtstop. Big stop there for the big guy

8:57: A bizarre sac bunt by Aybar, in whihc he gets tagged out by Posada without leaving the box, moves Shoppach to third with one out

8:56: Swisher makes several lops under Shoppach's routine fly to right, watches it drop next to him, two-base error to start the Rays sixth

8:53: Yanks go down n order in the fifth, with the help of two outstanding OF plays by Upton and Kapler

8:46: CC gets a call from HP ump Derryl Cousins on a curveball practically on the ground and that's it for the Rays in the fifth

8:42: CC walks Pena, first and third and people in the stands are starting to forget about decorum, if ya catch my drift

8:40: A-Rod makes a great stop to begin 5-4-3 DP, but a run scores and it's 3-1 Tampa Bay

8:39: Crawford single to right and it's bases loaded, none out for the best hitter in the lineup, Longoria

8:38: CC walks Upton on four pitches and the Rays have first and second, none out in the fifth

8:36: For the second time in the game,. Bartlett starts CC off with a line single to center. Last time he did it, in the third, he came around to score

8:32: Juan Miranda, called up today from Scranton, strikes out to end the inning

8:30: Yankees get a one out baserunner in the fourth when Posada walks, but Granderson, who is becoming a target of grumblers here at the Stadium, strikes out  

8:19: With two out, CC walks Aybar

8:09: Yankees get one back as Swsiher's liner just eludes 1b Penas glove, scoring Gardner. 2-1 Rays in the third.

7:57: Longoria's liner down the 3B line ticks the chalk, Bartlett scores, Longoria to second, 2-0 Rays

7:55: Bartlett goes to second on Crawford's groundout. Two out, Longoria batting, Rays up 1-0

7:52: Jason Bartlett greets CC with a line single to center to open the third

7:46: So far, the PA isn't the only thing silent here tonight. Yanks down in order in the second on a strikeout, a fly out, a foul out

7:36: Willy Aybar's sac fly to center scores the Rays' first run of the game

7:35: Shoppach singles to right, sending Zobrist to third

7:34: CC K's Carlos Pena but Ben Zobrist reaches second when his grounder handcuffs A-Rod, wo throws it past Teixeira.  Score it a hit and an E5.

7:29: Cano pops out on a 3-1 pitch to end the inning

7:26: A-Rod singles up the middle and the yanks have two on, two out for Cano

7:23: With two out, James Shields walks Teixeira

7:15: CC sets the Rays down in order

7:11: Sabathia K's Upton

7:10: Someone in the bleachers held up a sign announcing "There will be no Roll Call tonight'' in honor of Sheppard's death

7:10: Sabathia's first pitch is a strike to BJ Upton

7:09: PA announcer Paul Olden just announced that in honor or Bob sheppard, no PA announcements would be made tonight. a nice tribute.

Here are the lineups for tonight's Yankees-Rays game, first pitch at 7:05 p.m.:

Rays

Upton CF
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Pena 1B
Zobrist 2B
Shoppach C
Aybar DH
Kapler RF
Bartlett SS
Shields RHP

Yankees

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Granderson CF
Miranda DH
Gardner LF
Sabathia  LHP

   Juan Miranda, who appeared in 18 games in May, is back with the club, batting seventh tonight as the DH. To clear roster space, the Yankees sent utilityman Kevin Russo back to AAA Scranton . . . Before the game, Mariano Rivera, who opted out of the All-Star Game with soreness in his left side and right knee, responded curiously when asked abou the state of his knee before the game. "What about my knee?,''' he said. "I don't want to talk about the knee. It's OK.'' Well, OK. Rivera spent his All-Star break on vacation at aun undisclosed location . . . Joe Girardi said of Rivera, "I think the rest probably did him a lot of good. I'm always gonna have concerns because he's so important to us. and, he's 40 years old. but he told me he felt good, and we'll continue to use him the way we always have untl he tells he can;t be used that way.'' . . . Alfredo Aceves, on the DL snce May 12 with what is officially termed a lower back strain, is expected to play catch before Saturday's game. Still no timetable for his return, or even for a throwing schedule off the mound . . . The Yankees training staff decided not to administer a previously-planned cortisone shot to Nick Johnson, on the 60-day DL with an injury to a tendon in his right wrist that required surgery, in favor of "more intense strengthening exercises,'' none of which involve swinging a bat.