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Rodriguez, Jeter shine as Yankees beat Devil Rays

Jul 13, 2007 - 4:50 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Alex Rodriguez, Bobby Abreu and Derek Jeter all homered in the fourth inning as the New York Yankees kicked off the second half of the season with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday.

New York snapped a 1-1 tie in the fourth, when Jeter belted a leadoff homer - his sixth - and Rodriguez followed with his major-league leading 31st blast off Tampa Bay starter James Shields (7-5). Abreu's solo shot two batters later capped the three-run uprising as the Yankees went ahead for good.

"You never really know what to expect," said Yankees manager Joe Torre, whose team improved its record this season to 43-43. "We played a clean game, and that's what's most important coming into the second half. We did some fundamentally sound things tonight. You can't get above .500 until you get to it."

The Yankees opened the scoring in the second as Rodriguez reached on third baseman Akinori Iwamura's fielding error and later scored on Abreu's double to right.

Rodriguez told the media earlier Thursday that he would not negotiate with the Yankees until the end this season. On Wednesday, New York decided it would break tradition and try to work out a contract extension with the former American League MVP during the year.

According to Rodriguez's agent Scott Boras, the slugger is expected to make as least $30 million a season if he opts out of his current deal. The All-Star third baseman has 3 1/2 years left on his record 10-year, $252 million contract.

"Like I've said all year, I think it's something we'll do at the end of the year," Rodriguez said. "I think it would be selfish on my part to talk about my contract status when our team desperately needs wins. My goal is to win as any games as we can, focus on my teammates and really play at a real high level in the second half."

Jeter, who went 1-of-3 in Tuesday's All-Star Game, helped push the advantage to 5-2 in the fifth with a bases-loaded RBI groundout, scoring Andy Phillips, who singled to lead off the inning.

Jorge Posada plated a run in the sixth with a double and Abreu completed a three-RBI performance by driving in Rodriguez with a single in the eighth.

Abreu was the only Yankee with multiple hits, going 3-for-4.

"I feel like I'm doing the best to try to help the team," Abreu said. "Whatever I have to do to win the game. I feel more relaxed in the box. I normally hit from behind in the count. I've felt good over the last 10 days."

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte (5-6) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings for his first win since June 14 against Arizona. He struck out four and walked one in improving to 12-1 all time against Tampa Bay.

"Obviously, I'd have loved to go deeper in the game," Pettitte said. "But it was a win, so I feel better about it. I'm still a little out of sync. Wins are good, they make you sleep a lot better at night."

"It is a fresh start," Rodriguez added. "Every game is a big game for us. This serves a couple of purposes. It shows we can win on the road and it was good for Andy's psyche to get a win."

Shields gave up six runs and nine hits in six frames. He fell to just 1-5 over his last six starts and remained winless in four lifetime outings against New York.

"You can't make mistakes," Shields said. "You can't fall down in the count. It is an All-Star team. One through nine, they're one of the best in the league. They hit my mistakes."

Ty Wigginton, Jonny Gomes and Josh Wilson each had an RBI for the Devil Rays, who have managed just one win since June 25, going 1-14 during that stretch.

"It's just one game in the second half," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We'll come back (Friday) and play hard."






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    roots
    joestilwell Added 5 roots

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 10:20 PM


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

    BATTERIES: NYY - ANDY PETTITTE, LUIS VIZCAINO (6TH), KYLE FARNSWORTH (8TH),
    MARIANO RIVERA (9TH) AND JORGE POSADA
    TAM - JAMES SHIELDS, CASEY FOSSUM (7TH), JON SWITZER
    (8TH),

    Jul 12 10:15 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ABREU ON FIRST, J POSADA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 7
    TAMPA BAY 3 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.272, 0-FOR-3)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 9:44 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY TY WIGGINTON SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    TAMPA BAY 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J GOMES (.284, 1-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 9:08 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JORGE POSADA SCORED HIDEKI MATSUI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J POSADA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 6
    TAMPA BAY 2 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.269, 2-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 8:50 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DEREK JETER HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING ANDY PHILLIPS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DAMON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    TAMPA BAY 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A RODRIGUEZ (.318, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 8:39 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JONNY GOMES SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, C PENA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.177, 0-FOR-0, SAC)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 8:22 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BOBBY ABREU (6) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JAMES SHIELDS.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4, TAMPA BAY 1
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.274, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 8:04 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ (31) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JAMES SHIELDS.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, TAMPA BAY 1
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: H MATSUI (.273, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 7:58 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DEREK JETER (6) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JAMES SHIELDS.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2, TAMPA BAY 1
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A RODRIGUEZ (.316, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 7:56 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSH WILSON SCORED JONNY GOMES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J WILSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.291, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 7:49 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ABREU ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1
    TAMPA BAY 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.274, 6 HR, 40 RBI)

    Yankees vs. RaysJul 12 7:31 PM