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Live Blog: Yankees beat Rays 9-5, Arod hits 598th HR of career

FINAL SCORE: Yankees 9, Rays 5

WP: Chan Ho Park (2-1, 5.90) 

LP: David Price (12-5, 2.84)

Top 9th: It looked like the Yankees wouldn't have to call on Mariano Rivera, but Joba could not get the final out, exiting after giving up a two-out double by pinch-hitter Matt Joyce that drive in Pena from second. Luckily the Sandman put the game to rest. Using Mo today came at a small cost to the Yankees. He needed just one pitch to get the final out and with an off-day tomorrow, he'll be rested for Tuesday's game against the Angels.

Bottom 8th: Jeter grounded out to second, Swisher struck out on a 71 mph Bugs Bunny curveball and Teixeira swung over another diving breaking ball. Though it is unlikely he'll replace Joba in the ninth, Javier Vasquez is warming up and he could use some work. It's a throw-day for Vasquez and he hasn't pitched since July 10.

SCORE: Yankees 9, Rays 4

Top 8th: Joba Chamberlin relieved Boone Logan and his breaking ball was sharp. He struck out pinch-hitter John Jaso and Upton on sliders and, after a single by Crawford, induced a fly out from Longoria to end the inning.

SCORE: Yankees 9, Rays 4

Bottom 7th: It's an A-Bomb from Arod! Arod sent his 15th homer of the year soaring beyond the visitor's bullpen to extend the Bombers lead to five runs. It was the 598th long-ball of his career. July 18 is a lucky day for Arod. Today marks the fifth time he has homered on this date and his team has won all five times. Cano followed with a single, but the Yankees could not bring another man home. 

SCORE: Yankees 9, Rays 4

Top 7th: Logan surrendered a deep home run to Kapler that landed in about the 20th row of the left field bleachers. It looked like he was going to cruise through the inning after quickly putting down Zobrist on a fly out and Bartlett on a strike out. But Kapler--a professional hitter--made Logan work and sent one soaring on a 3-2 pitch. Joba was meandering around the bullpen during the inning, so expect to see him build the bridge to Mariano.

SCORE: Yankees 8, Rays 4

Bottom 6th: Former Yankee Randy Choate and Andy Sonnanstine pitched in relief for the Rays this inning, giving up two hits and a run. Granderson singled, moved to second on a sac bunt by Gardner and to third on a ground out to the pitcher by Jeter and trotted home on a single by Swisher that skidded past the second baseman into right field. Tiexiera struck out on a curveball in the dirt to end the inning. Logan is staying in to pitch the 6th, with no one warming up in the Yankees bullpen.

SCORE: Yankees 8, Rays 3

Top 6th: Boone Logan relieved Chan Ho Park. Park began the inning by striking out Upton looking. Logan was brought up when Damaso Marte was placed on the DL with shoulder inflammation and made his first appearance since June 29. Logan struck out Crawford on a diving slider, surrendered a hit to Longoria and induced a ground out to first by Pena. Another scoreless inning of relief by the bullpen bodes well for the late inning bridge to Mariano. 

SCORE: Yankees 7, Rays 3

Bottom 5th: And the Yankees take the lead! Gardner walked to lead off the inning, stole second and scored on a (classic) single up the middle by Jeter. Jeter advanced on a wild pitch, moved to third on a sac fly to right by Swisher and, after a fly out by Tex, came home on a single up the middle by Arod. Then Cano walked and Posada doubled to left to drive in Cano and Arod, giving the Yankees a four-run lead. Thames flied out to end the inning. The bullpen has done a solid job to keep the Yankees in the game. Now it's time to preserve the lead.

SCORE: Yankees 7, Rays 3

Top 5th: Chan Ho Park relieved Robertson and was effective. He would have had an easy 1-2-3 inning were it not for a Posada throwing error on a dropped third strike. Park recovered and got Rodriguez to fly out to right for the "fourth" out of the inning.

SCORE: Yankees 3, Rays 3 

Bottom 4th: Despite a long third inning because of Pettitte's injury delay and a lengthy fourth inning of relief by Robertson, Price came out in the bottom of the fourth sharp as ever. His ability to change speeds this afternoon has been impressive. He made quick work of Posada following a mid-90s heater with a devastating 75 mph curveball away. He then showcased his low-80s changeup and got Thames to fly out. Granderson was given a 20mph difference in speeds, first watching a curveball twirl outside the zone and then getting jammed on a high and inside fastball. The Yankees are dipping deeper into the pen, but Price is going strong.

SCORE: Yankees 3, Rays 3

Top 4th: As was the case yesterday, the Yankees again need more than six innings of work from the bullpen. Robertson gave up a leadoff single to Crawford, but induced a fly out from Longoria, struck out Pena on a low-and-outside curveball and worked from behind to get Zobrist to ground out to second. Robertson has thrown 34 pitches and has never pitched more than two innings in a game before, so expect to see Chan Ho Park come in to pitch the fifth. 

SCORE: Yankees 3, Rays 3

Bottom 3rd:Jeter showed this inning that he's still got young legs. Jeter singled to leadoff the inning, stole second and then came around to score on a single to right field by Teixeira to tie the game. Price proceeded to burn Arod on an inside 97 mph heater and induce a line out to short by Cano. The crowd did not erupt with noise when Jeter scored the tying run--it looks like fans are still concerned with Petttitte's early exit. 

SCORE: Yankees 3, Rays 3

Top 3rd: For the second consecutive game a Yankees starting pitcher was removed because of injury in the third inning. Pettitte was lifted with one out in the third and runners on first and second. Pettitte struck out Zobrist to start the inning, but then surrendered back to back singles. Posada came out to the mound and had a few words with Pettitte before motioning to Girardi to come out. Girardi and the infield came to the mound and after observing Pettitte throw one practice pitch, Girardi walked Pettitte back to the dugout. David Robertson came in to pitch. Robertson walked Shoppach to load the bases (walk charged to Pettitte, who had Shoppach at 2-0 when Robertson came in), but induced two fly outs to escape trouble. Pettitte's final line: 2 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. If Pettitte was injured it did not look like anything that could cost him the season. The practice pitch he threw was strong and accurate and he did not grimace after delivering the ball. It looks like a cautionary move by Girardi.

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 3

Bottom 2nd:Thames walked, Granderson struck out and Gardner grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. Granderson continues to underachieve this season. He has driven in just two runs in his last 17 games.

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 3

Top 2nd: Pettitte seemed a bit shaken by the aggressiveness of the Rays in the first. He was more careful in his location this inning, throwing more pitches outside the zone and walking two batters. The red-hot Pena came up with runners on first and second and Pettitte worked him inside with hard stuff and struck him out on a check swing with a breaking ball away. 

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 3

Bottom 1st:Jeter grounded out to begin the contest, but Swisher brought the crowd back in the game with a ground-rule double. Tiexiera walked, then Arod moved Swisher over to third on a sac fly to right. Then came the big hit: a two-out triple off the left-field wall by Cano that drove in Swisher and Teixeira to cut the deficit to one. Posada fly out to foul territory behind first base to end the inning. Unlike yesterday the Yankees are staying in the game despite being down early--this bodes well for Pettitte, who needs more encouragement from the offense today than Burnett had yesterday.

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 3

Top 1st: It was an inauspicious beginning for Pettitte and the Yankees for the second consecutive game. Pettitte gave up a leadoff double to Upton that bounced off the center field wall, plunked Longoria on the ankle with a curveball and served up a 3-run homer to Pena. Pena had a four-hit game yesterday and has owned Pettitte in his career. His 20th homer of the season was the sixth time he's gone deep off the Yankee southpaw. Pettitte did make a nice diving stop to his left, pushing himself up and throwing from his knees to nab Crawford at first for the second out. With a taxed bullpen, the Yankees will need Pettitte to outdo Burnett's short performance yesterday.

SCORE: Yankees 0, Rays 3 

Yankees lineup:

1. Derek Jeter ss  (.269, 8, 43)
2. Nick Swisher rf (.299, 16, 52)
3. Mark Teixeira 1b (.253, 18, 61)
4. Alex Rodriguez 3b (.269, 14, 71)
5. Robinson Cano 2b (.333, 17, 59)
6. Jorge Posada c (.270, 11, 31)
7. Marcus Thames dh (.294, 3, 13)
8. Curtis Granderson cf (.240, 7, 24)
9. Brett Gardner lf (.307, 5, 29)

Pitching: Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.70)

Rays lineup:
1.B.J. Upton cf (.232, 7, 31)
2. Carl Crawford lf (.318, 11, 50)
3. Evan Longoria 3b (.301, 13, 62)
4. Carlos Pena 1b (.210, 19, 57)
5. Ben Zobrist rf (.283, 5, 42)
6. Jason Bartlett ss (.236, 2, 33
7. Gabe Kapler lf (.212, 1, 12)
8. Kelly Shoppach c (.203, 1, 5)
9. Sean Rodriguez 2b (.265, 6, 30)

Pitching: David Price (12-4, 2.42)



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