Tampa Bay 5, New York 2


NEW YORK (AP) -- Rocco Baldelli wore a black dress with a
flowered top. Doug Waechter was in a tight pink number and a brutal
blue scarf.

In an extreme example of a baseball rite of passage, Devil Rays
rookies were forced to dress in drag for the road trip that
followed Sunday's 5-2 win over the New York Yankees.

With a roster full of newcomers, the Tampa Bay clubhouse looked
more like a women's dressing room.

"I've never seen so many kids with a dress code. I never wore a
dress," manager Lou Piniella said.

Even the normally buttoned-up Yankees got into the fun before
their final road trip of the regular season -- and they were a
little more creative in choosing the attire.

Jose Contreras wore a long, white fur coat with purple pants.
Hideki Matsui had leopard-like spots on his oversized hat and coat.
Both wore go-go boots as they signed autographs outside the

"Sexy," said Roger Clemens, who videotaped his teammates
walking down the hallway.

Before everybody started playing dress-up, Tampa Bay went ahead
on Marlon Anderson's two-out single in the eighth. The Devil Rays
took advantage of a throwing error by Enrique Wilson and New York's
shaky bullpen.

Toby Hall added a two-run double as the Devil Rays scored three
unearned runs in the eighth to end New York's eight-game winning
streak. Baldelli homered for Tampa Bay, which snapped a five-game
skid and avoided its 90th loss.

Derek Jeter hit a two-run shot for the Yankees, who stayed 5{
games ahead of Boston in the AL East with 13 to play. The Red Sox
lost 7-2 to the Chicago White Sox.

Felix Heredia (0-1) retired his first two batters in the eighth,
and pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes hit a grounder to third. But Wilson,
playing to give Aaron Boone a rest, threw high to first.

That opened the door for the Devil Rays.

Damian Rolls walked, and Anderson bounced a single up the middle
for a 3-2 lead. Hall followed with a double to right off Antonio
Osuna, making it 5-2.

"I just made a bad throw. Nobody's perfect," Wilson said. "It
was a mistake. I feel bad right now because we lose the game
because of that. I don't have any excuse."

Anderson went 9-for-16 in the four-game series, improving his
career batting average against the Yankees to .471 (32-for-68). He
has 11 RBI against New York this season.

"Me and Jeter got a little joke going," Anderson said. "If we
played them more often I could win the batting title."

Travis Harper (4-7) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Lance Carter got six outs for his 24th save in 30 chances.

Contreras, who left his last start with a mildly sprained ankle,
gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings for the Yankees. He
struck out a career-high eight.

"I think I threw one of my best games of the season,"
Contreras said.

Waechter made his third major league start for the Devil Rays
and had another encouraging outing, allowing only Jeter's home run
in five innings.

"He just ran out of gas," Piniella said. "This kid here is
solidifying his position to be in our rotation, and probably a
little more than that."

Waechter beat Seattle with a two-hit shutout in his first big
league start Sept. 3. He grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla., and went
to high school 4{ miles from Tropicana Field.

"He was as good as advertised," Yankees catcher John Flaherty

Waechter's sister, Carissa, lives in New York, so he had a
cheering section of about 20 friends and family members behind home

"It's very cool to see my brother pitch in Yankee Stadium,"
his sister said.

Baldelli sent a 1-0 pitch over the left-field fence with two
outs in the fifth for his 10th homer, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.

But Waechter walked Nick Johnson with two outs in the fifth, and
Jeter hit a 3-1 pitch over the right-field fence for his 10th homer
and a 2-1 lead.

Tampa Bay tied it in the seventh when Anderson led off with a
double, moved to third on Hall's groundout and scored on Julio
Lugo's single.

"We needed this one, and our kids pulled it out," Piniella

Game notes
The Yankees finished their homestand 8-3 and head to
Baltimore for a four-game series that begins Monday. ... Baldelli
also singled twice and stole two bases, giving him 24 steals. He
was caught stealing in the ninth. ... Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff
singled in the ninth for his 181st hit this year, tying Randy
Winn's team record set last season. ... Anderson matched his career
high with 61 RBI.