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Yankees beat Rays, take 2 1/2-game lead in AL East

Sep 22, 2010 - 3:33 AM By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK(AP) -- Real fast, Nick Swisher and the New York Yankees got real comfortable against James Shields.

Swisher homered to key a five-run burst in the first inning against Big Game James and the Yankees beat Tampa Bay 8-3 on Tuesday night, opening a 2 1/2-game lead over the Rays in the AL East.

The Yankees cut their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to three over Boston. The Rays hold a 6 1/2-game lead in the wild-card race over Boston, which lost 9-1 to Baltimore.

Shields (13-13) started against the Yankees for the sixth time this season. He had done well in his previous outings, but this time they figured him out in a hurry.

"This is two in a row we faced him. We made some adjustments, he made some adjustments," Swisher said. "Tonight, we put it on him."

It's a pattern that's troubled the Rays rotation for the last few weeks - aside from ace David Price, their starters have struggled. Tampa Bay's third straight loss left it 8-10 with a 5.32 ERA in September.

"First inning, I made two or three bad pitches," Shields said. "You let five runs in the first inning, that's definitely not doing my job. With this team, you definitely can't do that."

Tampa Bay nicked Phil Hughes (17-8) and relievers Javier Vazquez and Joba Chamberlain, but never quite got the big hit it needed while stranding 10 runners.

Ahead 7-3, Chamberlain escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe and getting John Jaso on a liner to center. Chamberlain finished for his third save.

New York has won the first two in this four-game series, and pulled even at 8-all with the Rays this season.

"I think we all pretty much know what's at stake," Swisher said. "Take the Rays and us and line us up, and let's see what happens.

"Getting kind of chilly out there, smells like playoff baseball," he said.

Robinson Cano blooped an opposite-field, two-run double to left in front of a diving Carl Crawford for a 7-3 lead in the seventh. Derek Jeter doubled home a run in the eighth.

"We haven't accomplished anything yet, but I like what I've seen," Jeter said. "Right now it seems like things are starting to click a little bit."

A bright moon hung over the right-field facade when the game began, and Swisher hit a rocket into the bleachers on Shields' sixth pitch for his 27th homer. Jorge Posada hit an RBI single with two outs, Lance Berkman boomed a two-run double and Curtis Granderson's single made it 5-0.

"We put our 'A' lineup out there," Swisher said.

Shields backed up the plate on Granderson's hit, and slammed his pitching hand into his glove and shouted at himself. Shields had a word, too, for plate umpire Mike Everitt in the third after Posada reached on a hit by pitch.

The ball skipped past Posada's shin and he instantly headed toward first base - it was impossible to tell from replays whether the pitch grazed his pants leg and besides, umpires make that call based on sound, rather than sight.

Shields, catcher Jaso and manager Joe Maddon calmly discussed it with Everitt, surely still smarting from Jeter's admitted act last week after a Rays pitch hit the knob of his bat, not him. Maddon came out again when the inning ended to talk with Everitt, maybe thinking that after an episode of Jeter Cheater, it should be Posada Nada.

Maddon said his "guys told me it didn't hit him."

"But we're in New York, we're also close to the theater district and more power to them," Maddon said.

Matt Joyce hit a solo home run in the Rays second and Evan Longoria had an RBI single in the third. Ben Zobrist grounded out with the bases loaded to end the fourth and brushed past Hughes, who was covering first. Hughes turned to look at Zobrist, but nothing ensued.

Notes: Posada was hit in the groin area by Longoria's foul tip with two outs in the ninth. He was checked by a trainer and stayed in the game. ... Hughes has given up 20 home runs at home this season, matching the Yankees mark set by Scott Sanderson in 1992, the Elias Sports Bureau said. ... Wade Davis is set to start for the Rays on Wednesday night against A.J. Burnett. ... Yankees manager Joe Girardi said 1B Mark Teixeira, in a 3-for-20 slump and nursing a broken toe and sore thumb, may get a couple of days off next week if possible. ... Vazquez went one inning and for the first time since 2000, he did not strike out a batter. That was a span of 349 outings, almost all of them starts.








  • Yankees 8, Rays 3 - FINAL
    TAMPA BAY ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    J Jaso c 3 1 0 0 2 0 3 .265
    B Zobrist 2b 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 .245
    C Crawford lf 4 0 1 1 1 0 1 .305
    E Longoria 3b 5 0 1 1 0 1 2 .293
    D Johnson dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .226
    M Joyce rf 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .234
    C Pena 1b

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  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DEREK JETER SCORED BRETT GARDNER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D JETER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    NY YANKEES 8 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: N SWISHER (.290, 2-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

    Rays 3, Yankees 8  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 21 10:12 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ROBINSON CANO SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ AND MARK
    TEIXEIRA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R CANO ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    NY YANKEES 7 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.263, 2-FOR-2, HBP, RBI)

    Rays 3, Yankees 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 21 9:41 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED JASON BARTLETT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    NY YANKEES 5 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.294, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Rays 3, Yankees 5  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 21 9:22 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EVAN LONGORIA SCORED JOHN JASO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E LONGORIA ON FIRST, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    NY YANKEES 5 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D JOHNSON (.222, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 2, Yankees 5  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 21 8:05 PM
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  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MATT JOYCE (9) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF PHIL HUGHES.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1, NY YANKEES 5
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.203, 27 HR, 81 RBI)

    Rays 1, Yankees 5  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 21 7:46 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CURTIS GRANDERSON SCORED LANCE BERKMAN
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, C GRANDERSON ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    NY YANKEES 5 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B GARDNER (.280, 5 HR, 46 RBI)

    Rays 0, Yankees 5  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 21 7:37 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY LANCE BERKMAN SCORED JORGE POSADA AND ALEX
    RODRIGUEZ
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, L BERKMAN ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    NY YANKEES 4 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: C GRANDERSON (.249, 21 HR, 59 RBI)

    Rays 0, Yankees 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 21 7:35 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JORGE POSADA SCORED MARK TEIXEIRA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J POSADA ON FIRST, A RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    NY YANKEES 2 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: L BERKMAN (.279, 0 HR, 5 RBI)

    Rays 0, Yankees 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 21 7:33 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK SWISHER (27) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 1ST OFF JAMES SHIELDS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0, NY YANKEES 1
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M TEIXEIRA (.256, 30 HR, 101 RBI)

    Rays 0, Yankees 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 21 7:24 PM
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