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Rays pose tough challenge for Yankees

Apr 14, 2008 - 2:04 PM NY Yankees (6-7) at Tampa Bay (6-6) 7:10 pm EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) - After splitting a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at home just over a week ago, the New York Yankees realize a trip to Tropicana Field will not be an early vacation.

The Yankees hope to snap a two-game slide on Monday when they open a two-game set against the Rays.

At the end of its season-opening seven-game homestand, New York was outscored, 19-7, in the first two games of its four-game series with Tampa Bay. The Yankees responded with strong efforts from starters Chien-Ming Wang and Mike Mussina to split the series.

However, they will hope for a reversal of fortune in the pitching matchup that kicked off that series in which the Rays pounded them, 13-4, on April 4.

Ian Kennedy (0-1, 13.50 ERA), who surrendered six runs and four hits with four walks in just 2 1/3 innings in that matchup, will get the call once again. The righthander came on in relief in his last outing, allowing two runs and two hits over three frames, but did not factor into the 4-0 loss to Kansas City on Wednesday.

New York was unable to take advantage of eight walks issued by Boston pitching in Sunday's 8-5 setback vs. the Red Sox. The Yankees have dropped two straight series.

Despite picking up the win in that opener, the Rays would like to see a slightly better performance from Andy Sonnanstine (1-1, 6.00). The righthander - who allowed four runs in six innings in Tampa Bay's win over New York - surrendered four runs and seven hits over six frames in a 7-1 home loss to Seattle on Wednesday.

The Rays used a six-run fifth inning on Sunday to down Baltimore, 6-2, giving rookie Jeff Niemann a win in his major-league debut. Tampa Bay has won three of its last four contests.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 8 15 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 0 0 7 11 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYY - IAN KENNEDY, BILLY TRABER (7TH), BRIAN BRUNEY (7TH), MARIANO
    RIVERA (8TH) AND CHAD MOELLER
    TAM - ANDY SONNANSTINE, SCOTT DOHMANN (4TH), AL REYES
    (8TH), GARY

    Apr 14 10:15 PM
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    roots
    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    Yankees 8, Rays 7  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 14 10:02 PM
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    roots
    bigbelly Added 5 roots

    Yankees 8, Rays 7  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 14 9:57 PM
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    roots
    senorpepr Added 5 roots

    Yankees 8, Rays 7  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 14 9:44 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ROBINSON CANO (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF AL REYES.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 8, TAMPA BAY 7
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J DAMON (.217, 2-FOR-4, HR, 3 RBI)

    Yankees 8, Rays 7  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 14 9:42 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY EVAN LONGORIA (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF BRIAN BRUNEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 7, TAMPA BAY 7
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E HINSKE (.333, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Yankees 7, Rays 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 14 9:32 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY B.J. UPTON (2) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF BRIAN BRUNEY SCORED CARLOS PENA.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 7, TAMPA BAY 6
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.375, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Yankees 7, Rays 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 14 9:30 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARL CRAWFORD (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF BILLY TRABER SCORED JASON BARTLETT.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 7, TAMPA BAY 4
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.196, 0-FOR-3)

    Yankees 7, Rays 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 14 9:24 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY ERIC HINSKE SCORED EVAN LONGORIA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E HINSKE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 7
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: S RIGGANS (.185, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 7, Rays 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 14 8:24 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DEREK JETER SCORED ALBERTO GONZALEZ AND JOHNNY
    DAMON.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, D JETER ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 7
    TAMPA BAY 1 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.292, 0-FOR-2)

    Yankees 7, Rays 1  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 14 8:07 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOHNNY DAMON SCORED MELKY CABRERA AND CHAD
    MOELLER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J DAMON ON SECOND, A GONZALEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 5
    TAMPA BAY 1 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.231, 1-FOR-2)

    Yankees 5, Rays 1  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 14 8:05 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED NATHAN HAYNES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A IWAMURA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.205, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees 3, Rays 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 14 7:53 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MORGAN ENSBERG (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF ANDY SONNANSTINE.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 3, TAMPA BAY 0
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.290, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

    Yankees 3, Rays 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 14 7:24 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - IAN KENNEDY
    TAM - ANDY SONNANSTINE

    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.255, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
    C CRAWFORD (.208, 0 HR, 4 RBI)
    C PENA (.209, 6 HR, 13

    Yankees 2, Rays 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 14 7:16 PM