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Live Blog: Yankees lose to Rays 10-5

FINAL SCORE: Rays 10, Yankees 5

WP: Jeff Niemann (8-2, 2.92)

LP: A.J. Burnett (7-8, 4.99)

Bottom 9th: It wasn't clean, but Andy Sonnanstine finished the Rays victory. The Yankees showed some life, as Arod knocked in Swisher on a ground-rule double. A five-run deficit was just too much to overcome, however. Posada grounded out to the pitcher to end the game. With this loss, New York now holds a two-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. 

FINAL SCORE: Yankees 5, Rays 10

Top 9th: Overshadowed by the poor overall performance of the Yankee bullpen and his own surrendering of two earned runs, Gaudin had good stuff today and struck out five batters in four innings today.  He threw just fastballs in the ninth, striking out Bartlett and Zobrist to get the job done.

SCORE: Yankees 4, Rays 10 

Bottom 8th: Lance Cormier and Grant Balfour combined to give up one hit in a scoreless inning of relief. They Yankees almost knocked in a run when Jeter came up with runners on the corners and two outs. He slashed a sharp grounder past Pena, but the defense was shifted to the right and the second baseman Brignac caught up to the grounder and beat out Jeter in a long foot-race to first. Time is running out for a comeback and with the bullpen's performance today, it's unlikely Chan Ho Park--who is warming up--will receive good karma if he comes in for Gaudin.

SCORE: Yankees 4, Rays 10

Top 8th: Today is all about Carlos Pena. He launched his 19th homer of the year off Gaudin. It was his fourth hit of the day, making today his first four-hit game of the year. Gaudin put the next three batters down on a strike out and two fly outs.

SCORE: Yankees 4, Rays 10

Bottom 7th: Seeing nothing but fastballs, Jeter went with it and drove a heater up the middle of the diamond to lead off the inning and ignite the crowd. But the single was a tease. Swisher flied out to the warning track in left. Joaquin Benoit was brought in to relieve Niemann and he spun Tiexiera around on a diving changeup and struck him out. Benoit walked Arod, but left runners stranded by getting Cano to ground out to second base. Niemann's final line: 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 HR. 

SCORE: Yankees 4, Rays 9

Top 7th: The Yankees held the Rays scoreless for just the second inning today. Gaudin struck out two batters and gave up a hit. He's thrown 19 of his 27 pitches for strikes.

SCORE: Yankees 4, Rays 9

Bottom 6th: A Yankee homered for the second consecutive inning: Posada sent his 11th bomb of the year into the second deck in right field. Granderson followed with a ground out to first, Cervelli flew out to the right-field warning track and Gardner slashed a weak pop up to third base. With the bullpen squandering every chance to shorten the lead, it looks like Tiexiera and Posada's homers will go to waste. 

SCORE: Yankees 4, Rays 9

Top 6th: The Yankee bullpen continued to fail to do its job this inning. Guadin gave up the Rays' ninth run of the game on a bases-loaded sac fly by Jaso. Longoria and Pena are a striking tandem today. They have both reached base three times, this time with a double by Longoria and a single by Pena. 

SCORE: Yankees 3, Rays 9

Bottom 5th: Teixeira helped the Bombers chip away at the deficit with his 18th homer of the year, a soaring shot to right field. It was the Yankees' only sign of life, however, as Niemann needed just five pitches to put down Arod and Cano and trot back to the dugout.

SCORE: Yankees 3, Rays 8

Top 5th: It was bad enough to hear that  Burnett left today’s game with lacerations on his right hand, Moseley's disastrous performance that followed was insult to injury. Joyce walked, Jaso singled, Upton had a sac fly to drive in the Rays' fifth run and then Brignac homered for the second time today on a 3-run blast to right field. Moseley finished the inning by inducing a fly out and a strike out, but after 75 pitches thrown, it looks like Chad Gaudin will come in to pitch next inning.

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 8

Bottom 4th: Niemann is in a groove now, flexing his versatility. He began the inning by striking  out Posada looking at an inside curveball and making Granderson flail at a 94 mph heater. Though he gave up a single to Cervelli and a walk to Gardner, he pin-pointed a fastball on the outside corner to get Jeter to ground out and end the inning.

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 4

Top 4th: Moseley worked in and out of trouble in a long inning of arduous work. He walked the first two batters he faced, but got out of the inning without giving up a run. He twirled a low-and-away changeup to strike out Crawford and strand runners at first and second, then got two ground outs. Thanks to multiple full-counts and long at bats thi sinning, Moseley is up to 48 pitches through two innings of relief--that means he has thrown more pitches than Burnett today to get the same amount of outs. Expect to see Chad Gaudin soon. 

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 4

Bottom 3rd: The Yankees go down without a fight, 1-2-3. Niemann ended the inning by getting Cano to swing over a curveball. Moseley will have to keep the Rays at bay. 

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 4

Top 3rd: Unlike with his two-out mistakes earlier, A.J.'s damage occurred right away this inning. He hit Longoria with a wild curveball, advanced him by burying a curveball in the dirt and then gave up an rbi-single to Pena. Pena drove in Longoria for the second time today, the prior time coming in the first inning on a double to right. Girardi came to the mound and after a brief conversation with Burnett, he took the righty out of the game and brought in Dustin Mosely. Burnett was wild, but with eight innings left in the game he likely was taken out not for the four runs surrendered but because something was bothering him. This was Burnett's shortest outing of the year and it tied his shortest outing as a Yankee. He went just two innings on November 2 in Game 5 of the World Series in a 8-6 loss to the Phillies. Moseley kept the Yankees in the game, immediately getting Jaso to ground into a double play and then getting Bartlett to ground to Jeter for the final out.

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 4 

Bottom 2nd: Cano led off the inning with a scorching liner off the left-field wall that Crawford misjudged and let roll away from him. Posada struck out, but Granderson and Cervelli walked to load the bases. That set up a 2-run single up the middle my Gardner that kept runners on first and second with one out. Niemann struck out Jeter on a foul-tipped changeup and induced a ground out by Swisher to escape further trouble.

SCORE: Yankees 2, Rays 3 

Top 2nd: Looks like it's going to be one of those days for A.J. Burnett. As with last inning, he made costly mistakes with two outs. He plunked Bartlett, who then stole second. Perhaps Burnett was rattled because he served up a hanging sinker to the not-so-powerful second baseman Brignac. The boos rained down after the 2-run homer sailed into the right field seats. Then Burnett bobbled a dribbler to the mound that allowed Zobrist to beat out the throw. Cue more boos. Burnett got Crawford to fly out to right to end the inning, but the damage was done. We'll see if he can shake it off the next inning.

SCORE: Yankees 0, Rays 3

Bottom 1st: The Rays showed why they are ranked 8th in fielding percentage. Longoria began the inning with an impressive charging play to nab Jeter at first with a strong throw. Pena followed by diving to his left to snare a scorching one-hopper by Swisher and take it to first himself. Teixeira walked and Arod grounded to short.

SCORE: Yankees 0, Rays 1

Top 1st: A.J. has an aggressive approach today, pounding the zone with fastballs. It looked like a good gameplan through the first two batters, but Burnett surrendered back to back hits to Longoria and Pena that put the Rays on the board for an early lead.  Burnett finally went away from the heater, delivering his first breaking balls to the youngster Matt Joyce and eventually induced a pop up to Jeter to end the inning.

SCORE: Yankees 0, Rays 1

Yankees lineup:
1. Derek Jeter ss  (.270, 8, 43)
2. Nick Swisher rf (.303, 16, 52)
3. Mark Teixeira 1b (.253, 17, 60)
4. Alex Rodriguez 3b (.269, 14, 70)
5. Robinson Cano 2b (.335, 17, 59)
6. Jorge Posada dh (.266, 10, 30)
7. Curtis Granderson cf (.240, 7, 24)
8. Francisco Cervelli dh (.266, 0, 30)
9. Brett Gardner lf (.307, 5, 29)

Pitching: A.J. Burnett (7-7, 4.75)

Rays lineup:
1. Ben Zobrist rf (.284, 5, 42)
2. Carl Crawford lf (.322, 11, 50)
3. Evan Longoria 3b (.299, 13, 62)
4. Carlos Pena 1b (.201, 18, 54)
5. Matt Joyce dh (.175, 1, 5)
6. John Jaso c (.274, 3, 29)
7. B.J. Upton cf (.234, 7, 31)
8. Jason Bartlett ss (.236, 2, 33)
9. Reid Brignac 2b (.265, 2, 25)

Pitching: Jeff Niemann (7-2, 2.77)

Marte on the DL: left-handed pitcher Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list with an "inflamed left shoulder," according to GM Brian Cashman. Cashman said that Marte was not available going into the Seattle series prior to the All-Star break. After returning from the break, the shoulder was still "cranky." In his place, lefty Boone Logan has been recalled and is in the clubhouse (currently watching old-timers day on the TV with CC Sabathia).


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