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Pena plates six as Rays crush Yankees

Apr 14, 2009 - 4:11 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) -- On a night they raised the first championship banners in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Rays also exhibited why they feel capable of getting back to the postseason.

Carlos Pena hit a grand slam and drove in six runs Monday night, helping Scott Kazmir beat Chien-Ming Wang and the New York Yankees 15-5 in the home opener for the AL champions.

"We showed everything," Carl Crawford said after the young, confident Rays homered three times, amassed 17 hits, stole six bases, made some nice defensive plays and impressed manager Joe Maddon with how well they maintain focus on an emotional night.

It got so bad for the Yankees that first baseman Nick Swisher pitched a scoreless eighth inning, the first New York position player to take the mound since Wade Boggs used his knuckleball in 1997.

"It's one of those days," captain Derek Jeter said. "It was their day, an opportunity to celebrate what they did last season, and they had their way."

The Rays toasted last year's improbable worst-to-first turnaround by hanging two large blue and white division and league championship banners above the left-field stands during a festive pregame ceremony at sold-out Tropicana Field.

They spent the rest of the night pleasing the crowd of 36,973 by beating up on a division rival that shelled out more than $400 million in offseason acquisitions with hopes of regaining supremacy in the AL East.

Kazmir (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, including Swisher's solo homer in the fourth and Melky Cabrera's RBI single in the fifth. The left-hander struck out six and walked none.

"Whatever could go wrong tonight went wrong," Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "It started with starting pitcher. Chien-Ming never got it going. We know he's much better than he's pitched so far."

Earlier in the day, New York's Alex Rodriguez resumed drills on a baseball field five weeks after hip surgery and said following the workout in Tampa that he eventually hopes to return as "good as new."

The Yankees could use some help with Jeter -- 1-for-his-last-20 -- struggling and Cody Ransom going 2-for-24 with two RBIs as A-Rod's replacement at third base.

Swisher may have been New York's most effective pitcher. After giving up a walk and Tampa Bay's 17th hit, he struck out Gabe Kapler and got Pena and Pat Burrell to fly out.

"I had fun with it. When am I ever going to have a chance to do that again? Probably never," said Swisher, who hadn't pitched in a game since he was a freshman in high school. "We know we didn't play very well. Got to find something to laugh about in that moment. I just happened to be the guy."

Pena had a two-run double in the first off Wang (0-2), who continued to struggle in his comeback from foot surgery that sidelined him for more than three months last season. The slugger drove in three of the eight runs charged to Wang in one-plus innings with the sixth grand slam of his career off reliever Jonathan Albaladejo in the second.

Burrell and Jason Bartlett also homered for the Rays, who got two more RBIs from hot-hitting Evan Longoria.

Longoria, the 2008 AL rookie of the year, has hit safely in all seven of Tampa Bay's games and has five homers and 12 RBIs.

"We have good young players coming off a very good season. My biggest concern is how we were going to react to success. And to this point, I'm pleased," Maddon said. "Gratitude and humility, I really believe in that. And I think our guys have channeled all the success properly to this point."

In two starts since foot surgery, Wang has allowed 15 runs on 15 hits in 4 2-3 innings. He failed to get through the fourth inning of a loss at Baltimore last week, and his earned run average ballooned from 17.18 to 28.93 after Monday night.

Tampa Bay got a boost from the return of B.J. Upton, who missed the opening week of the season to rehab his surgically repaired left shoulder. He was 1-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases, and the 24-year-old made a crowd-pleasing, over-the-head basket catch of Xavier Nady's drive to the center-field wall in the second inning.

"That was about as good as it gets," Maddon said.

Upton also looked comfortable in his new role as a leadoff hitter, drawing a walk in the first inning before stealing second base and taking third as part of a double steal with Carl Crawford.

Upton and Crawford scored on Pena's double, and Wang also yielded a run-scoring double to Burrell and RBI single to Gabe Gross to fall behind 4-0.

Notes: With the Yankees trailing 12-2, Jeter and left fielder Johnny Damon left the game for defensive replacements in the sixth inning. ... The Rays will receive their AL championship rings Tuesday night. ... Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup for the third straight game because of tendinitis in his left wrist. Girardi expects him back in the lineup on Tuesday.






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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 5 9 1
    TAMPA BAY 4 5 1 0 1 1 3 0 x 15 17 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYY - CHIEN-MING WANG, JONATHAN ALBALADEJO (2ND), EDWAR RAMIREZ
    (5TH), PHIL COKE (7TH), NICK SWISHER (8TH) AND JORGE POSADA,
    JOSE MOLINA (8TH), JOSE MOLINA (8TH)
    T

    Apr 13 10:48 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JORGE POSADA SCORED BRETT GARDNER AND NICK
    SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J POSADA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    TAMPA BAY 15 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: X NADY (.292, 1-FOR-3)

    Yankees 5, Rays 15  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 13 10:30 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AKINORI IWAMURA SCORED PAT BURRELL, DIONER
    NAVARRO AND GABE GROSS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A IWAMURA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 15 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.444, 3-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

    Yankees 3, Rays 15  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 13 10:20 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CODY RANSOM SCORED XAVIER NADY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C RANSOM ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 12 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.333, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Yankees 3, Rays 12  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 13 10:01 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PAT BURRELL (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF EDWAR RAMIREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2, TAMPA BAY 12
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.250, 2-FOR-3)

    Yankees 2, Rays 12  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 13 9:37 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EVAN LONGORIA SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E LONGORIA ON FIRST, J BARTLETT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    TAMPA BAY 11 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.308, 3-FOR-3, HR, 6 RBI)

    Yankees 2, Rays 11  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 13 9:21 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELKY CABRERA SCORED ROBINSON CANO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 2
    TAMPA BAY 10 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.214, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees 2, Rays 10  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 13 9:05 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK SWISHER (3) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF SCOTT KAZMIR.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 1, TAMPA BAY 10
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.294, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 1, Rays 10  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 13 8:44 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON BARTLETT (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF JONATHAN ALBALADEJO.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0, TAMPA BAY 10
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (1.000, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Yankees 0, Rays 10  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 13 8:33 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY CARLOS PENA (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF JONATHAN ALBALADEJO SCORED B.J. UPTON, CARL CRAWFORD AND EVAN
    LONGORIA.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0, TAMPA BAY 9
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: P BURRELL (.238, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Yankees 0, Rays 9  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 13 8:16 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO EVAN LONGORIA SCORED JASON BARTLETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E LONGORIA ON FIRST, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, B
    UPTON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    TAMPA BAY 5 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.250, 1-FOR-1, 2 RBI)

    Yankees 0, Rays 5  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 13 8:12 PM
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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GABE GROSS SCORED PAT BURRELL.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, D NAVARRO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    TAMPA BAY 4 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.364, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Yankees 0, Rays 4  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 13 7:53 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PAT BURRELL SCORED CARLOS PENA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, P BURRELL ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    TAMPA BAY 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.190, 1 HR, 1 RBI)

    Yankees 0, Rays 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 13 7:42 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS PENA SCORED B.J. UPTON AND CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 0
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: P BURRELL (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Yankees 0, Rays 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 13 7:40 PM
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