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Pettitte, Yankees struggle in loss to Devil Rays

Apr 6, 2007 - 5:26 AM BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- Andy Pettitte's return to pinstripes was every bit as wretched as the conditions.

Pettitte managed only four innings in his New York Yankees' debut and rookie Elijah Dukes homered for the second straight game as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays posted a 7-6 victory.

Pettitte, who signed a one-year contact in the offseason to return to the Yankees after a three-year absence, gave up four runs - two earned - and six hits with three walks and two strikeouts but did not figure in the decision.

"I've pitched in plenty worse conditions," Pettitte said. "In the first inning, I came out and felt good. I felt my stuff was together, just like I wanted. The big thing was I don't know whether I got a swing and a miss out of my cutter. I thought I threw a good number of fastballs in there, and usually when I do that, I am going to get some swings off of my cutter."

It was the first time the two-time All-Star pitched in Yankee Stadium since the 2003 World Series, when the Florida Marlins captured the championship behind a dazzling effort by MVP Josh Beckett.

On a windy, 38-degree night with light snow flurries occasionally blowing around, the Yankees' staff was undone by three wild pitches, three errors and a passed ball. It continued a sloppy start to the season for the Yankees, who have committed six errors in two games, including three by Derek Jeter.

"We played sloppy, but they did not play sloppy," Jeter said. "The weather was the same for both teams."

With the game tied, 4-4, in the sixth, Dukes hit a solo blast off Scott Proctor to ignite a two-run sixth.

"I was thinking double off the bat; it was a fastball in," Dukes said. "In the eighth inning, when the snow came, I was so happy out there. I forgot how cold it was. It was my first time ever being in the snow."

Hideki Matsui later retied the score at 6-6 with a two-run single in the seventh off reliever Ruddy Lugo (1-0), who allowed a run and two hits with a walk in two-thirds of a inning.

Despite the loss of the lead, Tampa Bay pulled back ahead right away in the eighth when Akinori Iwamura ripped a leadoff double and later scored on a wild pitch by Luis Vizcaino (1-1).

"I'm pleased and proud of our guys," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Pettitte pitched, which was a big boost for them. It's very nice to come out the way we did under the circumstances and beat a pretty good pitcher."

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez had the opportunity to deliver with the bases loaded and two outs at the bottom of the frame, but popped out to second to end the threat. Rodriguez finished 1-for-5 with six runners left on base.

"It was a good pitch to hit," Rodriguez said. "I could have hit the ball hard. A base hit there brings (Mariano Rivera) into the game and probably wins it."

Tampa Bay closer Al Reyes pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his first save of the season.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 7 12 0
    NY YANKEES 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 6 14 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - JAE SEO, RUDDY LUGO (7TH), BRIAN STOKES (8TH), AL REYES (9TH)
    AND JOSH PAUL
    NYY - ANDY PETTITTE, SCOTT PROCTOR (5TH), MIKE MYERS
    (6TH), BRIAN BRUNEY (7TH), L

    Apr 5 10:52 PM


  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 7 12 0
    NY YANKEES 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 6 14 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - JAE SEO, RUDDY LUGO (7TH), BRIAN STOKES (8TH), AL REYES (9TH)
    AND JOSH PAUL
    NYY - ANDY PETTITTE, SCOTT PROCTOR (5TH), MIKE MYERS
    (6TH), BRIAN BRUNEY (7TH), L

    Rays vs. YankeesApr 5 10:52 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: R Lugo relieved J Seo.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, D JETER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6
    NY YANKEES 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B Abreu (.286, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 5 9:47 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - PITCHING CHANGE
    TAM: RUDDY LUGO (0-0, 27.00) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, D JETER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6, NY YANKEES 4
    DUE UP FOR NYYANKEES: B ABREU (.286, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 5 9:47 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, J PAUL ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6
    NY YANKEES 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B ZOBRIST (.143, 1-FOR-3)

    Rays vs. YankeesApr 5 9:17 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ELIJAH DUKES (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF SCOTT PROCTOR.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 5, NY YANKEES 4
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.250, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Rays vs. YankeesApr 5 9:05 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY SCOTT PROCTOR ALLOWED BEN ZOBRIST TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    NY YANKEES 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.333, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 5 8:51 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY SCOTT PROCTOR ALLOWED BEN ZOBRIST TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    NY YANKEES 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.333, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Rays vs. YankeesApr 5 8:51 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY TY WIGGINTON SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ZOBRIST ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    NY YANKEES 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.333, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 5 8:51 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: S Proctor relieved A Pettitte.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, B ZOBRIST ON FIRST, C CRAWFORD ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    NY YANKEES 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J Gomes (.500, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 5 8:44 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - PITCHING CHANGE
    NYY: SCOTT PROCTOR (NO RECORD) IN THE 5TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, B ZOBRIST ON FIRST, C CRAWFORD ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2, NY YANKEES 4
    DUE UP FOR TAMPABAY: J GOMES (.500, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 5 8:44 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 1 0 2 4 0
    NY YANKEES 1 0 0 3 4 9 1 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - JAE SEO
    NYY - ANDY PETTITTE

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.400, 0-FOR-1, BB)
    B ZOBRIST (.000, 0-FOR-2)
    J GOMES (.500, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 5 8:36 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY DEREK JETER SCORED DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D JETER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    NY YANKEES 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.286, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. YankeesApr 5 8:36 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ROBINSON CANO SCORED JORGE POSADA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R CANO ON FIRST, D MIENTKIEWICZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    NY YANKEES 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.333, 1-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. YankeesApr 5 8:33 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ SCORED HIDEKI MATSUI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D MIENTKIEWICZ ON FIRST, J POSADA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    NY YANKEES 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. YankeesApr 5 8:30 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED BEN ZOBRIST.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, T WIGGINTON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E DUKES (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. YankeesApr 5 8:07 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 1 3 0
    NY YANKEES 1 1 2 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - JAE SEO
    NYY - ANDY PETTITTE

    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: H MATSUI (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    J POSADA (.500, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
    D MIENTKIEWICZ (1.000, 0

    Apr 5 7:46 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED ROBINSON CANO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    NY YANKEES 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J GIAMBI (.400, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Rays vs. YankeesApr 5 7:24 PM