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Crawford's grand slam carries Rays to series sweep

Apr 25, 2007 - 4:22 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Carl Crawford was not going to allow the return of the 2006 Cy Young Award runner-up to overshadow his performance.

Crawford hit a grand slam and had four hits as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays notched a 6-4 victory over the Yankees to sweep the two-game series.

Despite the return of ace Chien-Ming Wang from the disabled list, the Yankees could not find an answer for Crawford. With the Devil Rays trailing, 3-2, in the seventh, the three-time American League stolen base champion sent a flat slider off reliever Mike Myers (0-1) over the right field fence to give Tampa Bay a 6-3 advantage.

"It was the same pitch (as strike two), I was just trying to put the ball in play," Crawford said. "I was just glad to hit it. I was hoping (it was gone). I wasn't sure. I think that's probably the biggest home run I've hit."

"(I left) a breaking ball over the plate and it's something that's very easy to hit," Myers said. "He hit it well and I was just hoping (it would) get to the wall and that'd be about it, but he put the bat on the ball, he hit a mistake and that's what you're supposed to do with it."

Crawford was the only hitter Myers faced.

"We got (Crawford) in a situation where he had to swing at something close and (Myers) just mislocated," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "They were both breaking balls. He tried to get it away and he didn't get it away."

"Unfortunately, when you come into that situation, either it's good or bad," Myers said. "There's no in-between. You have to get the guy out. Today, obviously, he didn't get the job done."

Wang, who was making his first start of the season since returning from a strained right hamstring, allowed two runs and nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.

"Wang, literally, pitched his tail off," Torre said. "We're certainly pleased with that and we let one get away. It's been a tough trip in that regard. We've had opportunities to win most of the games but we just couldn't close the deal."

Juan Salas (1-1), who came in to relieve Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir, recorded the final out of the seventh to pick up the win.

Jae Kuk Ryu and Shawn Camp combined to allow a run in the eighth before Al Reyes pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in as many chances.

Kazmir fought through his recent illness and allowed three runs - one earned - and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"Being in bed (with flu-like symptoms) for the past couple of days, you've got to get back in the swing of things," Kazmir said. "By the fourth inning, I was already out of sweat. It was all adrenaline (but) we got a quality win today."

Hideki Matsui homered in his first at-bat to start the scoring for the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a walk, ending his 23-game hitting streak. In April, Rodriguez has hit 14 home runs - which tie the major league record - and tallied 34 RBI, one behind the pace that Juan Gonzalez set while with Texas in 1998.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left the game in the bottom of the first inning with an apparent bruised left thigh injury after being hit by a pitch from Kazmir.








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

    BATTERIES: NYY - CHIEN-MING WANG, LUIS VIZCAINO (7TH), MIKE MYERS (7TH), BRIAN
    BRUNEY (7TH), KYLE FARNSWORTH (8TH) AND JORGE POSADA
    TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR, JUAN SALAS (7TH), JAE K

    Apr 24 10:01 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HIDEKI MATSUI SCORED BOBBY ABREU.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H MATSUI ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4
    TAMPA BAY 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.350, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 24 9:44 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: B Bruney relieved M Myers.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: T Wigginton (.304, 2-FOR-3)

    Apr 24 9:29 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - PITCHING CHANGE
    NYY: BRIAN BRUNEY (1-1, 3.38) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, TAMPA BAY 6
    DUE UP FOR TAMPABAY: T WIGGINTON (.304, 2-FOR-3)

    Apr 24 9:29 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY CARL CRAWFORD (4) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF MIKE MYERS SCORED DIONER NAVARRO, B.J. UPTON AND ROCCO
    BALDELLI.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, TAMPA BAY 6
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: T WIGGINTON (.304, 2-FOR-3)

    Apr 24 9:28 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY CARL CRAWFORD (4) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF MIKE MYERS SCORED DIONER NAVARRO, B.J. UPTON AND ROCCO
    BALDELLI.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, TAMPA BAY 6
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: T WIGGINTON (.304, 2-FOR-3)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 24 9:28 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: M Myers relieved L Vizcaino.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, R BALDELLI ON FIRST, B UPTON ON SECOND, D
    NAVARRO ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C Crawford (.275, 3-FOR-3)

    Apr 24 9:24 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - PITCHING CHANGE
    NYY: MIKE MYERS (0-0, 1.12) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, R BALDELLI ON FIRST, B UPTON ON SECOND, D
    NAVARRO ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, TAMPA BAY 2
    DUE UP FOR TAMPABAY: C CRAWFORD (.275, 3-FOR-3)

    Apr 24 9:24 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: L Vizcaino relieved C Wang.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON SECOND, D NAVARRO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: R Baldelli (.263, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 24 9:17 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - PITCHING CHANGE
    NYY: LUIS VIZCAINO (1-1, 5.40) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, B UPTON ON SECOND, D NAVARRO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, TAMPA BAY 2
    DUE UP FOR TAMPABAY: R BALDELLI (.263, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 24 9:17 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: M Cabrera in center field.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J Gomes (.200, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 24 9:11 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: D Mientkiewicz at first base.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J Gomes (.200, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 24 9:11 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - CHIEN-MING WANG
    TAM - JUAN SALAS

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J GOMES (.200, 1-FOR-2)
    D NAVARRO (.217, 0-FOR-2)
    B UPTON (.339, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 24 9:10 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH PHELPS SCORED JORGE POSADA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PHELPS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J DAMON (.236, 0-FOR-3)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 24 9:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JORGE POSADA SCORED HIDEKI MATSUI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J POSADA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    TAMPA BAY 2 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.315, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 24 9:03 PM
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    Yankees vs. RaysApr 24 8:55 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - CHIEN-MING WANG
    TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR

    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.319, 0-FOR-1)
    J PHELPS (.286, 0-FOR-1)
    J DAMON (.241, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 24 8:25 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS PENA SCORED TY WIGGINTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J GOMES (.214, 1-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 24 8:21 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T WIGGINTON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.200, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 24 8:20 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - CHIEN-MING WANG
    TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.282, 3 HR, 12 RBI)
    C PENA (.207, 3 HR, 9 RBI)
    J GOMES (.154, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Apr 24 7:42 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY HIDEKI MATSUI (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF SCOTT KAZMIR.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1, TAMPA BAY 0
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.333, 2 HR, 11 RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysApr 24 7:34 PM