Final
  for this game

Yankees try to stay in playoff picture vs. Devil Rays

Aug 31, 2007 - 2:39 PM Tampa Bay (54-80) at Ny Yankees (75-59) 7:05 pm EDT

BRONX, New York (Ticker) - Now that the New York Yankees sit atop the American League wild card race, they will look to stay there when they open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday.

The Yankees are coming off a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox (80-54) at Yankee Stadium. New York came into the series eight games back of the first place Red Sox in the American League East Division, but narrowed Boston's lead to five.

In addition to closing the gap in the East, the Yankees took control of the AL wild card race. New York sits one game ahead of the Seattle Mariners (75-59) and three games in front of the Detroit Tigers (72-62).

Rookie Phil Hughes (2-2, 5.35) will try to keep the Yankees in the thick of the playoff race when he toes the rubber. Hughes has been mediocre since returning to the rotation after an extended stay on the disabled list kept him out for three months with a hamstring and ankle injury.

Hughes is 1-1 since his return and has given up five runs in each of his last two starts. During his last outing, Hughes gave up four hits, three of which were home runs, in six innings while suffering a 5-4 setback to the Tigers.

Rookie Andy Sonnanstine (3-9, 6.38) will take the mound for the Devil Rays. Sonnanstine is 2-1 in his last three starts and had his best showing of the season his last time out. The 24-year-old righthander allowed two runs on five hits and struck out seven in five innings, as Tampa Bay prevailed, 7-4, against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Sonnanstine has faced the Yankees this season, surrendering five runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings, en route to a 6-4 loss on June 14.








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

    BATTERIES: TAM - ANDY SONNANSTINE, GRANT BALFOUR (9TH) AND DIONER NAVARRO
    NYY - PHILIP HUGHES, CHRIS BRITTON (5TH), BRIAN BRUNEY
    (8TH) AND JORGE POSADA

    HOME RUNS: TAM - CARL

    Aug 31 10:03 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GREG NORTON (3) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    9TH OFF BRIAN BRUNEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 9, NY YANKEES 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.210, 1-FOR-3, SAC)

    Rays vs. YankeesAug 31 9:51 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.285, 0-FOR-3, SAC)

    Rays vs. YankeesAug 31 9:39 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 7
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.274, 2-FOR-2, 2 BB, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

    Rays vs. YankeesAug 31 9:34 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS PENA (33) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF CHRIS BRITTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6, NY YANKEES 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.312, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays vs. YankeesAug 31 9:00 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GREG NORTON SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G NORTON ON FIRST, D YOUNG ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 5
    NY YANKEES 1 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.210, 1-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. YankeesAug 31 8:43 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS PENA (32) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF PHILIP HUGHES.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4, NY YANKEES 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.312, 1-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. YankeesAug 31 8:34 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED DEREK JETER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    NY YANKEES 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: H MATSUI (.304, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. YankeesAug 31 8:28 PM


  • AL
    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA. ERROR
    BY ROBINSON CANO ALLOWED CARLOS PENA TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    NY YANKEES 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.287, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. YankeesAug 31 8:00 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - ANDY SONNANSTINE
    NYY - PHILIP HUGHES

    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J DAMON (.263, 9 HR, 51 RBI)
    D JETER (.325, 9 HR, 59 RBI)
    B ABREU (.287, 15 HR, 88 RBI)

    Rays vs. YankeesAug 31 7:20 PM