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Upton, Devil Rays outslug Rodriguez, Yankees

Apr 24, 2007 - 5:15 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Alex Rodriguez tried to single-handedly carry his club. But B.J. Upton and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays responded as the New York Yankees' pitching staff continued to crumble.

Upton homered and drove in four runs and Rocco Baldelli smacked a three-run blast for the Devil Rays en route to a 10-8 victory over the red-hot Rodriguez and the struggling Yankees.

It was another eye-popping performance by Rodriguez, who blasted two more homers and drove in three runs - going 4-for-5 - to increase his league-leading power numbers to 14 homers and 34 RBI.

"He's always been good, but this is (abnormal)," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said of Rodriguez. "I don't know what we'll do (Tuesday)." The pair of blasts tied Rodriguez with St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, who also belted 14 homers in April last season - a major league record.

"It's easy to say 'wow' when we're winning games," Rodriguez said. "We're kind of in the midst of a grind. It's a long season and we have to work ourselves out (of the slump).

"The key is not to get discouraged. We have to keep the same approach and try not to do too much. If we can keep having that approach over the long haul, we'll have more wins than losses."

But the star third baseman was upstaged by Upton, who blasted a solo homer in the fourth off Kei Igawa and a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning to give the Devil Rays a 10-6 lead.

"Give credit to the guys in front on me," Upton said. "They were on base and I came through with the hit. When runners are in scoring position, I try to be more aggressive."

Upton's homer hit off the foul pole and just above the four-foot fence in the left field corner.

"It's a home run," Upton said. "Thank you for that little fence."

Igawa (1-1) continued New York's pitching woes, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, while walking three and striking out three. New York's beleaguered bullpen yielded three runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 frames.

"He (Igawa) had no command," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He was missing his spots by a long way. You're certainly not going to have success when you don't throw enough strikes and you don't spot the ball.

"You know (the pitching staff) is going to get better. You go out and score eight runs - it certainly should be enough. We scored five straight innings and couldn't get the lead."

Casey Fossum (2-1) was not much better, allowing six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, but rode Tampa Bay's offensive outburst to the win. Four Devil Rays relievers pitched a perfect 2 1/3 innings before Al Reyes allowed a two-run homer to Rodriguez in the ninth.

"The offense picked me up," Fossum said. "New York scored a run off me every inning, but the bullpen did a fabulous job shutting the door."

Baldelli said the Devil Rays enjoyed their rare appearance on national television.

"We went out there and got the job done," Baldelli said. "We don't play on ESPN and national TV a lot, so it was nice when all your friends and family can see you. They (the Yankees) were on ESPN (Sunday) night so it's not a big deal to them."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 8 13 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 4 0 1 2 0 3 0 x 10 15 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYY - KEI IGAWA, COLTER BEAN (5TH), MIKE MYERS (6TH), BRIAN BRUNEY
    (6TH), LUIS VIZCAINO (7TH), MARIANO RIVERA (8TH) AND JORGE
    POSADA
    TAM - CASEY FOSSUM, GARY GLOVE

    Apr 23 10:38 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ (14) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF AL REYES SCORED BOBBY ABREU.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 8, TAMPA BAY 10
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J GIAMBI (.314, 3-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 10:34 PM


  • AL
    NY YANKEES AT TAMPA BAY
    NOTE: NEW YORK SHORTSTOP DEREK JETER SINGLED IN THE SEVENTH
    INNING TO EXTEND HIS HITTING STREAK TO 14 GAMES.

    Apr 23 9:57 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA, ELIJAH DUKES
    AND JOSH PAUL.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    TAMPA BAY 10 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R BALDELLI (.264, 2-FOR-4, HR, 3 RBI)

    Apr 23 9:49 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA, ELIJAH DUKES
    AND JOSH PAUL.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    TAMPA BAY 10 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R BALDELLI (.264, 2-FOR-4, HR, 3 RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 9:49 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: L Vizcaino relieved B Bruney.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, E DUKES ON SECOND, A IWAMURA ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    TAMPA BAY 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J Paul (.400, 2-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Apr 23 9:43 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - PITCHING CHANGE
    NYY: LUIS VIZCAINO (1-1, 5.91) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, E DUKES ON SECOND, A IWAMURA ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6, TAMPA BAY 7
    DUE UP FOR TAMPABAY: J PAUL (.400, 2-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Apr 23 9:43 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 6 11 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 4 0 1 2 0 7 11 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - BRIAN BRUNEY
    TAM - SHAWN CAMP

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.345, 2-FOR-2, BB, RBI)
    E DUKES (.182, 0-FOR-2, BB)
    J PAUL (.400, 2-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Apr 23 9:33 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JOSH PHELPS SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PHELPS ON FIRST, R CANO ON SECOND, J
    GIAMBI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    TAMPA BAY 7 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.206, 1-FOR-2, SAC)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 9:07 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON GIAMBI SCORED BOBBY ABREU.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GIAMBI ON FIRST, A RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    TAMPA BAY 7 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: H MATSUI (.250, 0-FOR-0, BB, SF, RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 8:57 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH PAUL SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PAUL ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4
    TAMPA BAY 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.346, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 8:49 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AKINORI IWAMURA SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A IWAMURA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4
    TAMPA BAY 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E DUKES (.186, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 8:42 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ROBINSON CANO (1) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF CASEY FOSSUM.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4, TAMPA BAY 5
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J PHELPS (.316, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 23 8:32 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ROBINSON CANO (1) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF CASEY FOSSUM.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4, TAMPA BAY 5
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J PHELPS (.316, 1-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 8:32 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - KEI IGAWA
    TAM - CASEY FOSSUM

    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.304, 0-FOR-1)
    J PHELPS (.316, 1-FOR-1)
    M CABRERA (.209, 1-FOR-1, SAC)

    Apr 23 8:29 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY B.J. UPTON (3) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF KEI IGAWA.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, TAMPA BAY 5
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R BALDELLI (.257, 1-FOR-2, HR, 3 RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 8:23 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY HIDEKI MATSUI SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GIAMBI ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.352, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 8:17 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DEREK JETER SCORED JOSH PHELPS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    TAMPA BAY 4 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.304, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 7:58 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ROCCO BALDELLI (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF KEI IGAWA SCORED ELIJAH DUKES AND JOSH PAUL.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1, TAMPA BAY 4
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.367, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 23 7:46 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ROCCO BALDELLI (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF KEI IGAWA SCORED ELIJAH DUKES AND JOSH PAUL.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1, TAMPA BAY 4
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.367, 1-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 7:46 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH PAUL SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PAUL ON FIRST, E DUKES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.340, 2 HR, 11 RBI)

    Apr 23 7:43 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH PAUL SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PAUL ON FIRST, E DUKES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.340, 2 HR, 11 RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 7:43 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - KEI IGAWA
    TAM - CASEY FOSSUM

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.288, 3 HR, 12 RBI)
    A IWAMURA (.321, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
    E DUKES (.190, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    Apr 23 7:34 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ (13) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF CASEY FOSSUM.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1, TAMPA BAY 0
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J GIAMBI (.284, 4 HR, 16 RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 23 7:27 PM