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SEPT. 28: RAYS 8, YANKEES 7 (12) Game (Credit: AP )

SEPT. 28: RAYS 8, YANKEES 7 (12)
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Recap: The first seven innings of this game was all Yankees, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Mark Teixeira hit two homers, including a grand slam while Andruw Jones had a solo home run. In the eighth inning, the Rays capped a six-run inning with a three-run home run by Evan Longoria to cut the Yanks' lead to one. Dan Johnson homered in the ninth for the tie and Longoria won it in the 12th with a solo shot. Meanwhile in Baltimore, the Orioles scored two runs in the ninth inning for a little walk-off magic of their own to knock the Boston out of the playoffs.
Key stat: A.J. Burnett pitched to one batter out of the bullpen in the seventh inning. He retired Sean Rodriguez on a grounder to third base before being taken out of the game.
2011 record: 97-65
2010 record: 95-67

2011 Yankees Season Tracker

Breaking down each game with mini-recaps, key stats, and record.

SEPT. 28: RAYS 8, YANKEES 7 (12) Game
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SEPT. 28: RAYS 8, YANKEES 7 (12)
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Recap: The first seven innings of this game was all Yankees, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Mark Teixeira hit two homers, including a grand slam while Andruw Jones had a solo home run. In the eighth inning, the Rays capped a six-run inning with a three-run home run by Evan Longoria to cut the Yanks' lead to one. Dan Johnson homered in the ninth for the tie and Longoria won it in the 12th with a solo shot. Meanwhile in Baltimore, the Orioles scored two runs in the ninth inning for a little walk-off magic of their own to knock the Boston out of the playoffs.
Key stat: A.J. Burnett pitched to one batter out of the bullpen in the seventh inning. He retired Sean Rodriguez on a grounder to third base before being taken out of the game.
2011 record: 97-65
2010 record: 95-67

SEPT. 27: RAYS 5, YANKEES 3 Game story
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SEPT. 27: RAYS 5, YANKEES 3
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Recap: Rafael Soriano coughed up a 3-2 seventh-inning lead when Tampa native Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer, leading the Rays to a 5-3 victory over the Yankees at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox defeated the Orioles in Baltimore setting up a tie in the wild card going into the final day of the season. Although the game was essentially meaningless for the Yankees, it was not for Bartolo Colon, who allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings and left with a one run lead.
Key stat: Former Yankee Johnny Damon notched career hit 2,722 to surpass Lou Gehrig on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 97-64
2010 record: 95-66

SEPT. 26: RAYS 5, YANKEES 2 Game story
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SEPT. 26: RAYS 5, YANKEES 2
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Recap: Hector Noesi started a game the Yankees didn't need while the Rays trotted out "Big Game James" Shields. The Yanks jumped out to an 2-0 lead on a solo home run by Robinson Cano in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. The Rays scored three times in the third, with B.J. Upton doubling home two runs and scoring on Johnny Damon's single, and Shields didn't allow a run the rest of his outing. He have up six hits in 8 2/3 innings, with Kyle Farnsworth picking up the final out.
Key stat: With the Red Sox losing to the Orioles in Baltimore, the Rays and Boston are tied in the wild card standings.
2011 record: 97-63
2010 record: 95-65

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SEPT. 25: RED SOX 7, YANKEES 4 (GAME
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SEPT. 25: RED SOX 7, YANKEES 4 (GAME 2)
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Recap: The Red Sox and their jittery fans have reason to hope after Boston's 7-4, 14-inning victory in Game 2 of the day-night doubleheader. Jacoby Ellsbury's three-run home run off Scott Proctor in the 14th put the Red Sox ahead. Ellsbury hit two solo home runs in the first game. With the win, the Red Sox held on to a one-game lead over Tampa Bay in the American League wild-card race.
Key stat: Jesus Montero was 2-for-4 in Game 2 and raised his average to .357 since joining the Yankees on Sept. 1.
2011 record: 97-62
2010 record: 94-65

SEPT. 25: YANKEES 6, RED SOX 2 (GAME
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SEPT. 25: YANKEES 6, RED SOX 2 (GAME 1)
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Recap: The Yankees had nothing to prove, already having clinched home-field advantage throughout the league playoffs. But for A.J. Burnett, Sunday was an audition and he aced it going 7 2/3 innings giving up two earned runs ans striking out six for the win. Another guy who may be fighting for a spot on the postseason roster, Jorge Posada, hit his 14th homer of the season.
Key stat: Derek Jeter was 3-for-4 and ended Game 1 of the doubleheader with a .300 average.
2011 record: 97-61
2010 record: 94-64

SEPT. 24: YANKEES 9, RED SOX 1 Game
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SEPT. 24: YANKEES 9, RED SOX 1
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Recap: Derek Jeter and Jesus Montero keyed a big second inning, and Montero finished a triple short of the cycle in a blowout win against Boston. Jeter hit a three-run homer in the second, scoring Jesus Montero and Russell Martin. Montero had singled earlier in the inning, and added a two-run double in the third and a solo homer in the sixth. Freddy Garcia picked up the win, allowing no runs over six innings.
Key stat: Jon Lester has allowed four or more runs in each of his last three starts. The Red Sox have lost all three of those games.
2011 record: 96-61
2010 record: 93-64

SEPT. 22: RAYS 15, YANKEES 8 Game story
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SEPT. 22: RAYS 15, YANKEES 8
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Recap: A night after celebrating another AL East crown, the Yankees got a rude reminder: their starting pitching needs work. Bartolo Colon, who could end up pitching Game 3 in the ALDS, was roughed up for his second straight start. Colon allowed seven hits and seven runs over three innings, and dropped to 8-10 in the season. The Yankees offense woke up after Matt Moore (five shutout innings, 11 strikeouts) exited, but it was much too little, too late.
Key stat: Dellin Betances, in his MLB debut, walked all four batters he faced. Betances threw 27 pitches, 20 of them for balls.
2011 record: 95-61
2010 record: 93-63

SEPT. 21: YANKEES 4, RAYS 2 (GAME 2)
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SEPT. 21: YANKEES 4, RAYS 2 (GAME 2)
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Recap: Same day, same team, same score, more celebrating. Just a few hours after beating the Rays to clinch a playoff berth, the Yankees won again by the same score, clinching the AL East title. Jorge Posada was the hero, his pinch hit two-run single in the eighth proving to be the difference. CC Sabathia, in search of his 20th win, pitched well, allowing two runs over 7 1/3 innings, but didn't factor in the decision.
Key stat: David Robertson needed one pitch to get two outs in the top of the eighth inning, bailing Sabathia out of a jam.
2011 record: 95-60
2010 record: 92-63

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SEPT. 21: YANKEES 4, RAYS 2 (GAME 1)
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SEPT. 21: YANKEES 4, RAYS 2 (GAME 1)
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Recap: If there was any downside to the Yankees' clinching a playoff berth, it was their helping out the Red Sox in the process. New York beat the Rays for the second straight day in come-from-behind fashion, clinching a spot in the playoffs in the first half of a day-night doubleheader. Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Robinson Cano hit a two-run double, driving in Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter to take the lead. Mariano Rivera then pitched a perfect ninth to secure the win.
Key stat: Hector Noesi got the last-minute start after Phil Hughes was scratched. He was one of eight pitchers the Yankees used.
2011 record: 94-60
2010 record: 92-62

SEPT. 20: YANKEES 5, RAYS 0 Game story
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SEPT. 20: YANKEES 5, RAYS 0
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Recap: Ivan Nova picked up his 16th win of the season, extending his unbeaten streak to 15 starts, in the Yankees win. The rookie went 7 2/3 innings for the Yankees, lowering his ERA 3.62. Offensively, Curtis Granderson powered New York, going 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs. Granderson now has 119 runs batted in on the season. Derek Jeter, Eric Chavez, Russell Martin and Brett Gardner all added two hits apiece.
Key stat: The Yankees left 18 runners on base.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-5 with a pair of singles. Jeter has 3,082 hits, 28 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 93-60
2010 record: 92-61

SEPT. 19: YANKEES 6, TWINS 4 Game story
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SEPT. 19: YANKEES 6, TWINS 4
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Recap: Who would've thought a makeup of a rainout from April 6 would become so historic? Mariano Rivera picked up his record 602nd save pitching a perfect ninth inning as the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins, 6-4. It was his 43rd save of the season and it was in true River fashion: 13 pitches. Rivera's record-setting performance also saved the Yankees from having to think or talk too much about A.J. Burnett's latest disaster, where he didn't make it out of the fifth inning against a weak Twins lineup.
Key stat: The record-breaking save was Rivera's 32 career save against the Twins.
Jeter Watch: 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Jeter has 3,080 hits, 30 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 92-60
2010 record: 92-60

SEPT. 18: BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 0 Game
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SEPT. 18: BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 0
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Recap: The bad news: With Joe Girardi resting many of his regulars (Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira), the Yankees didn't score against Toronto righthander Brandon Morrow, who allowed four hits in eight innings. Yankees' Freddy Garcia allowed three runs, five hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings as he took the lost. The good news: Mariano Rivera will have eight chances at the Stadium this week to earn the save that will put him atop the all-time list.
Key stat: The Yankees finished their four-city, 10-game trip 4-6.
Jeter Watch: Did not play. Jeter has 3,077 hits, 33 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 91-60
2010 record: 92-59

SEPT. 17: YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 6 Game
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SEPT. 17: YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 6
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Recap: No. 42 picked up save No. 42 on the season, and more importantly, No. 601 in his career. Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, the save tying him with Trevor Hoffman for first on the all-time list. It was Rivera's seventh save in seven September appearances, and it capped off a Yankees rally from a 6-1 deficit. Bartolo Colon was pulled after four innings, and the Blue Jays held on to their five-run lead until the sixth. New York's offense then came alive, keyed by home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson, his 40th on the season.
Key stat: The Yankees bullpen, including Scott Proctor, Aaron Laffey, Hector Noesi, Rafael Soriano and Rivera, combined to pitch five no-hit innings, striking out six and walking one.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-5 with a run. Jeter has 3,077 hits, 33 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 91-59
2010 record: 91-59

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SEPT. 16: BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES 4 Game
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SEPT. 16: BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES 4
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Recap: Mariano Rivera's shot at tying Trevor Hoffman's all-time saves record was put on hold, as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees on a walk-off hit. CC Sabathia was given a lead lead early, thanks to a Nick Swisher double and Eric Chavez home run. He couldn't hold it, though, and was chased after 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits. The game was tied until the bottom of the ninth inning, when Toronto led off with a double and then an intentional walk against Boone Logan. Cory Wade came in, and the first batter he faced, Jose Molina, hit a game-ending single.
Key stat: David Robertson pitched a shutout inning, lowering his ERA to 1.14.
Jeter Watch: 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Jeter has 3,076 hits, 34 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 90-59
2010 record: 90-59

SEPT. 14: MARINERS 2, YANKEES 1 (12) Game
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SEPT. 14: MARINERS 2, YANKEES 1 (12)
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Recap: Ivan Nova was his usual dominant self, allowing one run over 7 1/3 innings. The Yankees offense, however, was overmatched by M's starter Jason Vargas, managing just a run off him over 6 2/3 innings. The game was tied after nine at one apiece, and would stretch through 12 innings. In the bottom of the 12th, Luis Rodriguez, already with a pair of doubles, belted a walk-off home run to deep rightfield off Cory Wade to give Seattle the win.
Key stat: Nova remained undefeated since June 3 with the no decision.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-5 with a single. Jeter has 3,076 hits, 34 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 90-58
2010 record: 90-58

SEPT. 13: YANKEES 3, MARINERS 2 Game story
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SEPT. 13: YANKEES 3, MARINERS 2
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Recap: Robinson Cano homered and A.J. Burnett pitched effectively, but Mariano Rivera stole the show in the Yankees' win over Seattle. Rivera entered the game with a one-run lead in the ninth inning. With two outs, Ichiro, who had singled earlier in the inning, was caught stealing second base by Russell Martin to end the game. The out secured Rivera's 600th career save, making him the second pitcher in MLB history to surpass that milestone.
Key stat: Burnett struck out 11 batters, a season high.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Jeter has 3,075 hits, 35 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 90-57
2010 record: 89-58

SEPT. 12: YANKEES 9, MARINERS 3 Game story
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SEPT. 12: YANKEES 9, MARINERS 3
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Recap: King Felix was reduced to just Felix Hernandez in a 9-3 loss to the Yankees. The Yankees pounded the righthander for six runs and nine hits in six innings and increased their lead over the idle Red Sox in the AL East to four games. Mark Teixeira's solo homer in the fourth broke a 1-1 tie. Five batters later, Chris Dickerson drilled a two-run home run to extend the Yankees' lead to 6-1 capping a five-run inning. Phil Hughes was solid in six innings allowing five hits and one earned run to earn his fifth win of the year.
Key stat: Austin Romine earned his first big-league hit with an opposite field single in the seventh inning.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-5 with a single and run scored. Jeter has 3,074 hits, 36 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 89-57
2010 record: 88-58

SEPT. 11: YANKEES 6, ANGELS 5 Game story
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SEPT. 11: YANKEES 6, ANGELS 5
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Recap: Curtis Granderson hit his 39th home run of the season, Robinson Cano added his 26th, and the Yankees caught a lucky break to avoid a series sweep against the Angels. In the seventh inning, trailing 5-4, Mark Teixeira lifted a fly ball to deep centerfield that looked like a sacrifice fly. Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos dropped it, though, allowing a pair of Yankees - including what would be the game-winning run - to score.
Key stat: Mariano Rivera picked up the save in the win. It was his 40th save of the season, the eighth time in his career he's reached that mark.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Jeter has 3,073 hits, 37 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 88-57
2010 record: 88-57

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SEPT. 10: ANGELS 6, YANKEES 0 Game story
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SEPT. 10: ANGELS 6, YANKEES 0
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Recap: Jorge Posada made a cameo behind the plate, but it didn't help the Yankees' bats against a dominant Dan Haren. Haren hurled a complete game shutout, scattering four hits. Posada was forced into the game in the third inning after Russell Martin was removed. CC Sabathia got the start for the Yankees, allowing one run over six innings. The Angels did most of their damage against Hector Noesi, scoring four runs off him in the seventh.
Key stat: The loss was the Yankees' fourth in a row. In 2010, over the same stretch -- games 141-144 -- the team also lost four in a row. Furthermore, the Yankees started and finished that losing streak with the same record as this year.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4. Jeter has 3,071 hits, 39 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 87-57
2010 record: 87-57

SEPT. 9: ANGELS 2, YANKEES 1 Game story
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SEPT. 9: ANGELS 2, YANKEES 1
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Recap: Bartolo Colon allowed one run over seven innings, but the Angels bullpen outlasted the Yankees' in a New York loss. Aaron Laffey and Luis Ayala couldn't keep the Angels off the bases in the ninth, with Los Angeles loading the bases with nobody out. Maicer Izturis then lifted a sacrifice fly to Curtis Granderson, scoring Jeff Mathis easily. The Yankees were shut down by Jered Weaver, who allowed three hits and one run while striking out 12 over eight innings. Jesus Monetro's home run in he third, his third of the year, was the Bombers' only offense.
Key stat: Colon needed 99 pitches to get through seven innings.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4. Jeter has 3,070 hits, 40 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 87-56
2010 record: 87-56

SEPT. 8: ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 4 (10) Game
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SEPT. 8: ORIOLES 5, YANKEES 4 (10)
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Recap: Rafael Soriano and Scott Proctor were unable to hold a lead and then a tie, resulting in the Orioles' second straight extra innings win. Soriano blew a save in the eighth inning, when Robert Andino singled home Chris Davis, tying the game, 4-4. Then, in the 10th, Andino again came through, hitting a walk-off single against Proctor that scored Nolan Reimold.
Key stat: The loss was the first for the Yankees in an Ivan Nova start since June 3, a streak spanning 12 starts.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk. Jeter has 3,069 hits, 41 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 87-55
2010 record: 87-55

SEPT. 6: YANKEES 5, ORIOLES 3 Game story
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SEPT. 6: YANKEES 5, ORIOLES 3
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Recap:Long after the game's scheduled start time, and in front of a nearly empty Yankee Stadium, the Bombers topped the Orioles. The game was delayed over four hours before the first pitch due to rain. Looking to avoid scheduling a doubleheader in a packed schedule, the Yankees opted to wait the rain out, starting the game after 11:00 p.m. The game was tied in the bottom of the seventh when Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner hit back-to-back home runs, which proved to be the difference.
Key stat: Gardner's home run was the Yankees' 200th of the season.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Jeter has 3,068 hits, 42 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 87-53
2010 record: 87-53

SEPT. 5: YANKEES 11, ORIOLES 10 Game story
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SEPT. 5: YANKEES 11, ORIOLES 10
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Recap: Jesus Montero enjoyed his first two Yankee Stadium curtain calls, bailing out Freddy Garcia in the Yankees' fifth straight win. Montero hit his first two career home runs, a solo shot in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh, the latter proving to be the difference. As a team, the Bombers hit four total home runs - crucial considering Garcia's rough outing. Baltimore chased Garcia after just 2 2/3 innings, knocking him around for nine hits and seven runs.
Key stat: Eight Yankees starters finished with at least one hit, and seven scored at least one run.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-5 with a run. Jeter has 3,067 hits, 43 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 86-53
2010 record: 86-53

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SEPT. 4: YANKEES 9, BLUE JAYS 3 Game
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SEPT. 4: YANKEES 9, BLUE JAYS 3
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Recap: Led by Derek Jeter's bat and CC Sabathia's arm, the Yankees finished off a sweep of the Blue Jays. Jeter drove in five runs, three coming on a home run off Brett Cecil, to pace the Yankees offense. The support was plenty for Sabathia, who was lights out. Over 7 1/3 innings, Sabathia allowed two runs and struck out 10, walking just one. He improved to 19-7 on the season with the win.
Key stat: Rafael Soriano, who picked up a hold, allowed a run for the first time in his last six appearances.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs. Jeter has 3,066 hits, 44 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 85-53
2010 record: 86-52

SEPT. 3: YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 4 Game
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SEPT. 3: YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 4
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Recap: Robinson Cano reminded everybody at Yankee Stadium that Curtis Granderson isn't the team's only MVP candidate. Cano hit a clutch double in the seventh inning that gave the Yankees the lead for good, prompting manager Joe Girardi to say after the game, "I wouldn't write him off in that MVP race just yet." The double scored two runs, lifting Cano's RBI total on the season to 101. Bartolo Colon didn't factor in the decision, allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Boone Logan picked up the win, and David Robertson pitched two scoreless innings for the save.
Key stat: Cervelli's homer was his third of the season, but his second in his last three games.
Jeter Watch: Did not play. Jeter has 3,064 hits, 46 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 84-53
2010 record: 86-51

SEPT. 2: YANKEES 3, BLUE JAYS 2 Game
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SEPT. 2: YANKEES 3, BLUE JAYS 2
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Recap: Ivan Nova continued to show that he could be a formidable No. 2 pitcher in the postseason, picking up his 11th straight win in New York's win over Toronto. Nova went seven innings, allowing three hits and two runs, to improve to 15-4 on the year. Brett Gardner did most of the damage offensively, hitting a two-run home run in the third inning that tied the game at 2. Robinson Cano's RBI single two innings later wound up being the difference.
Key stat: Mariano Rivera picked up his fourth save in five days.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4 with a run and a steal. Jeter has 3,064 hits, 46 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 83-53
2010 record: 86-50

SEPT. 1: YANKEES 4, RED SOX 2 Game
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SEPT. 1: YANKEES 4, RED SOX 2
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Recap: A.J. Burnett buckled down in a crucial start, and Mariano Rivera survived a jam in the ninth, leading New York to a series win over Boston. Burnett went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs, but didn't factor in the decision. The Yankees grabbed the lead in the seventh off of Alfredo Aceves and Daniel Bard, two of Boston's best relievers. In the ninth, the Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs against Rivera, but he struck out Adrian Gonzalez looking to get the save.
Key stat: Burnett allowed fewer than three earned runs in a start for the first time since June 29.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk. Jeter has 3,063 hits, 47 shy of Dave Winfield for 19th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 82-53
2010 record: 85-50

AUG 31: RED SOX 9, YANKEES 5 Game
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AUG 31: RED SOX 9, YANKEES 5
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Recap: Phil Hughes didn't perform in a crucial start for his job security, and the Red Sox used the long ball to even up their series with the Yankees. David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jason Varitek all went deep for Boston in the win, with Ortiz's homer coming off Hughes. Hughes wound up going 5 2/3 innings, allowing six runs. He fell to 4-5. Josh Beckett improved to 12-5 for the Sox.
Key stat: The Red Sox finished with five RBIs with two outs.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Jeter has 3,061 hits, passing Craig Biggio for 20th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 81-53
2010 record: 84-50

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AUG 30: YANKEES 5, RED SOX 2 Game
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AUG 30: YANKEES 5, RED SOX 2
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Recap: CC Sabathia finally figured out the Red Sox, Francisco Cervelli had a big day at the plate and sparks flew as the Bombers improved to 3-10 against Boston in 2011 with a series-opening win. Sabathia didn't pitch a gem, but did improve to 18-7 on the year, allowing two runs and 10 hits over six innings. Cervelli, meanwhile, homered for the Yanks, and managed to stir up a controversy in the process. After touching home plate, Cervelli emphatically clapped his hands in the direction of Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. In Cervelli's following at bat, he was plunked by John Lackey, prompting the benches to clear. The incident didn't escalate beyond shouting, but tensions were raised, with Larry Rothschild getting thrown out in the altercation, and Joe Girardi getting tossed later in the game.
Key stat: Sabathia entered the game 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against Boston this season
Jeter Watch: 0-for-5. Jeter has 3,059 hits, one behind Craig Biggio for 20th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 81-52
2010 record: 83-50

AUG 29: YANKEES 3, ORIOLES 2 Game story
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AUG 29: YANKEES 3, ORIOLES 2
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Recap: No Alex Rodriguez. No Derek Jeter. No problem for the Yankees. Freddy Garcia was solid in six innings only giving up two hits and one run. Garcia had not pitched since Aug. 7 because of a cut on his index finger. The offense provided just enough thanks to a two-run home run by Nick Swisher and an RBI double from Mark Teixeira. Mariano Rivera worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 34th save of the season and 593rd of his career.
Key stat: Swisher's home run was his sixth in the last seven games.
Jeter Watch: Did not play. Jeter has 3,059 hits, one behind Craig Biggio for 20th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 80-52
2010 record: 82-50

AUG. 28: YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 3 (GAME 2)
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AUG. 28: YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 3 (GAME 2)
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Recap: After scoring zero runs and on five hits, the Bronx Bombers hit fiver home runs, including two by Curtis Granderson. With the game tied at three in the sixth inning, Robinson Cano's two-run homer gave the Yankees the lead. It was the start of a trend as the next two batters, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones also homered, to complete the four-tun inning. Not to be outdone, Granderson capped off the evening with a solo shot in the seventh to give the Yankees a split in the doubleheader.
Key stat: Granderson has 10 home runs and 21 RBIs in his last 18 games.
Jeter Watch: Did not play. Jeter has 3,059 hits, one behind Craig Biggio for 20th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 79-52
2010 record: 81-50

AUG. 28: ORIOLES 2, YANKEES (GAME 1) Game
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AUG. 28: ORIOLES 2, YANKEES (GAME 1)
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Recap: Bartolo Colon was out-dueled by the Orioles' Zach Britton in the first game of the doubleheader. The good news is, Colon pitched like he did in the first half of 2011. He pitched 7 2/3 innings giving up two runs and two hits, including a two-hitter through six innings. The bad news: Derek Jeter fouled the ball off the top of his right kneecap in his second at-bat and had to leave the game. He was given x-rays in between games.
Key stat: Robinson Cano went 0-for-3, ending his 17-game hitting streak.
Jeter Watch: 0-for-4. Jeter has 3,059 hits, one behind Craig Biggio for 20th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 78-52
2010 record: 80-50

AUG. 26: ORIOLES 12, YANKEES 5 Game story
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AUG. 26: ORIOLES 12, YANKEES 5
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Recap: A.J. Burnett's nightmarish season continued in an embarrassing loss to the Orioles. Burnett lasted five innings, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits, to drop to 9-11 on the season. His ERA jumped to 5.31 in the outing. The Yankees did manage to hit three home runs as a team; one each by Jorge Posada (his 12th), Alex Rodriguez (14) and Nick Swisher (19). Tommy Hunter got the win for the O's, allowing four runs over seven innings.
Key stat: Rodriguez's home run was his first since June 11.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4 with a run scored. Jeter has 3,059 hits, one behind Craig Biggio for 20th on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 78-51
2010 record: 79-50

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AUG. 25: YANKEES 22, ATHLETICS 9 Game story
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AUG. 25: YANKEES 22, ATHLETICS 9
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Recap: By the time it was over, Phil Hughes' 2 2/3 innings were long forgotten. The Yankees became the first team in MLB history to hit three grand slams in a game - one each by Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson - and came back from a 7-1 deficit to romp the Athletics. Hughes gave up six runs, and left with the Yankees in a big hole. New York responded with 15 consecutive runs to take control, though, and avoid the series sweep.
Key stat: Martin now has 17 home runs on the season after hitting 12 combined in 2009 and 2010.
Jeter Watch: 3-for-6 with two runs and a triple. Jeter has 3,058 hits, passing Ricky Henderson for 21st on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 78-50
2010 record: 78-50

AUG. 24: ATHLETICS 6, YANKEES 4 (10) Game
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AUG. 24: ATHLETICS 6, YANKEES 4 (10)
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Recap: Nick Swisher matched Coco Crisp home run-for-home run, but the Yankees bullpen fell short in an extra inning loss to the Athletics. Both Crips and Swisher had two home runs apiece - each hitting one of them in the 10th inning - but Crisp's was a three-run shot off Rafael Soriano, while Swisher's was just a solo home run. Soriano, who hadn't pitched since August 16, picked up his second loss of the season, giving up three runs in his one inning of work. His ERA rose to 5.01. CC Sabathia, who was looking for his 18th win, allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Key stat: Swisher has four home runs against Oakland this season; he has no more than two against any other team in the league.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-5 with an RBI. Jeter has 3,055 hits, tying him with Ricky Henderson for 21st on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 77-50
2010 record: 78-49

AUG. 23: ATHLETICS 6, YANKEES 5 Game story
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AUG. 23: ATHLETICS 6, YANKEES 5
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Recap: Bartolo Colon didn't bring his 'A' game, and a Yankees comeback fell feet short in a series-opening loss to Oakland. Colon gave up five runs over 6 1/3 innings of work, surrendering eight hits to a typically anemic Athletics offense. The Bombers managed to make things interesting late, scoring three in the bottom of the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth after trailing 6-0. However, with the bases loaded and two outs, Nick Swisher hit a 2-0 pitch to the warning track that was caught to end the game.
Key stat: Derek Jeter stayed hot, collecting three hits to raise his average to .295.
Jeter Watch: 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk. Jeter has 3,053 hits, tying him with Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 77-49
2010 record: 78-48

AUG. 21: YANKEES 3, TWINS 0 Game story
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AUG. 21: YANKEES 3, TWINS 0
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Recap: Ivan Nova is pitching like he belongs on the postseason roster as he won his fifth straight game since being recalled from Triple-A. Nova held the Twins to five hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out five. He stranded six, including the two in the critical fifth inning. The Yankees broke the scoreless tie in the sixth on Russell Martin's sacrifice fly. In the seventh, Curtis Granderson hit his third inside-the-park home run to make it 2-0. The very next batter was Mark Teixeira, who also homered to give the Yanks a 3-0 victory in the final game of the series.
Key stat: Teixeira bobbled a grounder in the third, snapping his personal-best errorless streak at 87 games.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4 with a single. Jeter has 3,050 hits, three shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 77-48
2010 record: 77-48

AUG. 20: TWINS 9, YANKEES 4 Game story
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AUG. 20: TWINS 9, YANKEES 4
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Recap: On the heels of Brian Cashman asking the media to look at him objectively, A.J. Burnett had his worst start of the season, allowing seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in a loss to Minnesota. Burnett walked three and allowed five hits, dropping his record to 9-10 on the season, and raising his ERA to 4.96. Five Twins finished with multiple hits, including each of the first three batters in the team's lineup. Andruw Jones homered in the loss.
Key stat: Aaron Laffey allowed two earned runs in three innings in his debut with the Yankees.
Jeter Watch: 0-for-2 with a walk. Jeter has 3,049 hits, four shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 76-48
2010 record: 77-47

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AUG. 19: YANKEES 8, TWINS 1 Game story
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AUG. 19: YANKEES 8, TWINS 1
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Recap: Initially, it looked like Phil Hughes could've been in for a long night, with Twins' two hitter Trevor Plouffe taking him deep in the first inning. Hughes more than settled down, though, registering his best start of the season in an emphatic win over Minnesota. Hughes scattered two hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings, improving to 4-4 and, more importantly, making a case to stay in the packed Yankees rotation. Russell Martin stayed hot at the plate for New York, going deep twice to bring his home run total to 15.
Key stat: At one point, Hughes retired 14 straight batters.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-5 with two runs. Jeter has 3,049 hits, four shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 76-47
2010 record: 76-47

AUG. 18: YANKEES 8, ROYALS 4 Game story
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AUG. 18: YANKEES 8, ROYALS 4
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Recap: The Yankees hit three home runs to back a shaky CC Sabathia and win the series opener against Minnesota. Mark Teixeira, Andruw Jones and Nick Swisher -- Jones and Swisher going back-to-back -- each went deep in the victory. Sabathia picked up his 17th win of the year, despite giving up 10 hits in seven hinnings. Another home run controversy stole the scene, though, when Justin Morneau had a home run overturned in the first inning. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected after arguing the call.
Key stat: Every Yankee starter except Brett Gardner had at least one hit.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-5, raising his batting average to .291. Jeter has 3,047 hits, six shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 75-47
2010 record: 75-47

AUG. 17: ROYALS 5, YANKEES 4 Game story
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AUG. 17: ROYALS 5, YANKEES 4
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Recap: Bartolo Colon was hit hard in five innings of work as he gave up five runs on seven hits. The loss was most memorable because of a disputed Royals home run in the critical four-run third. The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, but Jorge Posada struck out looking on his 40th birthday to end the game.
Key stat: Curtis Granderson hit his team-leading 34th home run of the year.
Jeter Watch: 4-for-5 with a double and one run scored. Jeter has 3,045 hits, eight shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 74-47
2010 record: 75-46

AUG 16: YANKEES 9, ROYALS 7 Game story
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AUG 16: YANKEES 9, ROYALS 7
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Recap: Robinson Cano continued his recent tear at the plate, collecting two hits, including a key three-run homer. The Yankees had 12 hits, two each by Cano, Derek Jeter, who continued swinging a hot bat, Eduardo Nuñez and Brett Gardner. The outburst saved Ivan Nova from suffering his first loss since June 3. Nova allowed a season-high seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Key stat: Cano has five home runs in his last 12 games.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-6 with a double and two RBIs; has 3,041 hits.
2011 record: 74-46
2010 record: 74-46

AUG. 15: YANKEES 7, ROYALS 4 Game story
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AUG. 15: YANKEES 7, ROYALS 4
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Recap: A.J. Burnett pitched good enough to earn an August win for the first time in his three years as a Yankee in a 7-4 victory over the Royals. The Yankees got three hits and three RBIs from Derek Jeter and two RBI singles from Brett Gardner to pull even with Boston atop the AL East. Mariano Rivera shoved aside his recent troubles with a perfect ninth to record his 31st save.
Key stat: Jeter is hitting .326 (45-for-138) since returning from the disabled list July 4.
Jeter Watch: 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs; has 3,039 hits.
2011 record: 73-46
2010 record: 73-56

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AUG. 13: YANKEES 9, RAYS 2 Game story
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AUG. 13: YANKEES 9, RAYS 2
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Recap: Jorge Posada dipped into his past with six RBIs and three hits, including a grand slam, in the Yankees' 9-2 win over the Rays. Phil shut out the Rays for five innings before giving up two runs in the sixth. He allowed four hits and a walk, striking out six.
Key stat: Posada's grand slam was the 10th of his career.
Jeter Watch: 2-for-5 with two singles; has 3,036.
2011 record: 72-46
2010 record: 72-46

AUG. 12: RAYS 5, YANKEES 1 Game story
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AUG. 12: RAYS 5, YANKEES 1
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Recap: The Rays looked a lot like the Bombers, teeing off on CC Sabathia for five solo home runs in a win over New York. Tampa Bay went deep three times in the third, once in the fifth and once in the eighth off the southpaw on their way to the win. Sabathia was pulled after the eighth inning after allowing 10 hits and the five runs. David Price pitched a gem for the Rays, allowing one run and six hits over eight innings to improve to 10-10.
Key stat: It was the first time Sabathia ever gave up five homers in a game, and the second time he's given up three homers in an inning.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4. Jeter has 3,034 career hits, 20 shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 71-46
2010 record: 72-45

AUG. 11: YANKEES 6, ANGELS 5 Game story
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AUG. 11: YANKEES 6, ANGELS 5
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Recap: Curtis Granderson went deep again, Robinson Cano hit a grand slam, and the Yankees bullpen averted a near-meltdown in a win over Los Angeles. Cano belted the grand slam to right off Scott Downs in the seventh, putting the Bombers up 6-2. The Angels then staged a comeback in the ninth, marked by Russell Branyan's three-run homer off Mariano Rivera. (Rivera had come in with two runners on base). Mo would retired the next two batters to hold on for the save.
Key stat: This was the third straight appearance Rivera surrendered at least one run. The previous time that happened was between Sept. 19 and 26 last season.
Jeter Watch: 3-for-3 with three singles and two runs. Jeter has 3,033 career hits, 21 shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 71-45
2010 record: 72-44

AUG. 10: YANKEES 9, ANGELS 3 Game story
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AUG. 10: YANKEES 9, ANGELS 3
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Recap: Ivan Nova picked up his 11th win, and Curtis Granderson homered twice to lead New York to a bounce-back win over the Angels. Nova pitched six innings, allowing three earned runs, to improve to 11-4 on the year. It was Nova's seventh win in his last eight starts. Granderson drove in four runs and scored three times. Robinson Cano added a homer for the Bombers.
Key stat: Granderson has 31 home runs this season, a career high. His previous career high was 30 in 2009 with the Tigers.
Jeter Watch: 0-for-3 with a run and a walk. Jeter has 3,030 career hits, 24 shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 70-45
2010 record: 71-44

AUG. 9: ANGELS 6, YANKEES 4 Game story
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AUG. 9: ANGELS 6, YANKEES 4
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Recap: A.J. Burnett's winless streak continues. Still without a victory since June, Burnett picked up a no decision against Los Angeles, and Mariano Rivera had his second consecutive bad appearance in a loss to the Angels. With the game tied at four in the ninth inning, Rivera gave up a two-run homer by former Yankee Bobby Abreu. The Yankees threatened in the bottom of the inning, but couldn't push the runs across. Rivera picked up the loss, falling to 1-2.
Key stat: For the first time since April 19 and 24, Rivera has given up runs in consecutive appearances.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Jeter has 3,030 career hits, 24 shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 69-45
2010 record: 71-43

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AUG. 7: RED SOX 3, YANKEES 2 (10)
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AUG. 7: RED SOX 3, YANKEES 2 (10)
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Recap: Saturady it was CC. Sunday, it was Mo. For the second straight night, a key cog in the Yankees' pitching staff struggled against the Red Sox as New York fell in the rubber match of the three-game set. Rivera blew his fifth save of the season, surrendering a run in the ninth inning, letting Boston send the 2-2 game to extras. Then, in the 10th, Phil Hughes couldn't silence the Red Sox bats, as Josh Reddick hit a walk-off hit for the win.
Key stat: The time of the game was 4:15.
Jeter Watch: 0-for-4. Jeter has 3,029 career hits, 24 shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 69-44
2010 record: 70-43

AUG. 6: RED SOX 10, YANKEES 4 Game
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AUG. 6: RED SOX 10, YANKEES 4
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Recap: Another game against the Red Sox, another subpar outing from staff ace CC Sabathia. The southpaw surrendered seven runs in six innings, raising his ERA against Boston to 7.20 this season. He also took the loss, falling to 0-4 against the Sox in 2011. Most of Boston's offense against Sabathia came in the fourth inning, marked by a three-run home run by the red hot Jacoby Ellsbury, his 19th of the season. Mark Teixeira hit his 32nd home run of the year in the loss.
Key stat: Sabathia is 16-2 with a 2.11 ERA against the rest of the league.
Jeter Watch: 1-for-5 with an RBI. Jeter has 3,029 career hits, 24 shy of Rod Carew for 22nd on the all-time hit list.
2011 record: 69-43
2010 record: 69-43

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