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Rookie Duncan's first HR caps rally, lifts Yanks in first game of DH

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Shelley Duncan is quickly gaining a reputation for ferocious celebrations.

Duncan's first major league homer capped New York's five-run sixth inning, and Hideki Matsui also connected to lead the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

A grinning Duncan slapped some heads and pounded forearms with several teammates after his drive into the seats in left, leaving several of them chuckling about the 27-year-old's exuberance.

"I tried to warn the guys last night when he got here that if he scored to be careful, and lo and behold I'm the first one that he tried to take out today," said Andy Phillips, who played with Duncan at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and scored when he went deep.

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking single for New York, which got a solid effort from shaky starter Kei Igawa. Phillips added a two-run single.

B.J. Upton hit his third homer in two days and Ty Wigginton also connected for Tampa Bay, which won 14-4 in the series opener Friday night. The Devil Rays have lost 14 of their last 18 road games.

All-Star left fielder Carl Crawford of the Devil Rays departed in the fifth with a sprained left ankle that he hurt beating out an infield single in the third. X-rays were negative and manager Joe Maddon said Crawford wouldn't play in the second game.

"I don't think it's bad," Crawford said. "It didn't even really swell up. It's just sore."

Luis Vizcaino (7-2), Kyle Farnsworth, Scott Proctor and Mariano Rivera each got three outs for the Yankees. Proctor gave up Raul Casanova's fifth homer in the eighth. Rivera struck out Jonny Gomes with the bases loaded to end it.

Cano's single in the sixth drove in Bobby Abreu and gave New York a 3-2 lead. It was just his seventh hit in 42 at-bats with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.

Phillips followed Cano with a two-run single and Duncan pulled a 2-1 pitch from Jae Kuk Ryu (1-2) down the line. The Yankee Stadium crowd roared as Duncan, called up on Friday, rounded the bases.

Duncan, whose father and brother both reached the majors, got the OK from his teammates before emerging from the dugout for a curtain call.

"I don't think you could really explain it," said Duncan, who picked up his first big league hit and RBI in Friday night's game. "You get goosebumps. It's one of those things where you're kind of frozen. It's your little moment right there for that brief second."

Upton hit a two-out drive to left-center in the first for his 12th homer. He finished with three hits and is batting .519 (14-for-27) in eight games since coming off the disabled list.

Wigginton's 15th homer made it 2-0 in the second, but Igawa rebounded to shut out Tampa Bay over the next three innings.

"I think he mixed it up better today," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He threw the curve and the slider more often, instead of just fastball-changeup."

The Devil Rays loaded the bases in the third and fifth but failed to score each time. Delmon Young lined into an inning-ending double play in the third, and Wigginton flied to right on Igawa's 94th pitch for the final out of the fifth.

"We had their guy on the ropes," Maddon said. "We just couldn't throw a knockout punch."

Igawa allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked three in five innings. The Japanese left-hander is 0-1 in his last six starts and hasn't won since he threw six shutout innings in relief against Boston on April 28.

"If he keeps the game manageable like he did today, that's a plus for us," Torre said.

Jason Hammel lasted four innings in his first start of the season for Tampa Bay. He gave up three hits, including Matsui's 15th homer.

"I thought I had a few more in me, but there's no reason to get hurt over something silly," said Hammel, who was sent down to Triple-A Durham after the game. "One pitch I didn't execute, Matsui was a sinker down and away. It didn't sink."

Notes

  • New York optioned reliever Edwar Ramirez to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game and promoted Matt DeSalvo, who was scheduled to start the second game of the doubleheader.
  • Tampa Bay recalled J.P. Howell from Durham for the start.
  • New York DH Jason Giambi took batting practice for the first time since hurting his left foot hopes to rejoin the Yankees by early next month. He took 20 swings in a batting cage at the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., and could start hitting on the field in the next few days.
 
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Shelley Duncan, called up Friday, watches his first HR go as the crowd shows its appreciation.  (Getty Images)
Shelley Duncan, called up Friday, watches his first HR go as the crowd shows its appreciation. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Phillips
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Brendan Harris, SS5010022 .306
Carl Crawford, LF2010010 .291
   a- Greg Norton, PH-LF3010011 .190
B.J. Upton, CF4131110 .344
Carlos Pena, 1B3000222 .288
Delmon Young, RF4000104 .289
Ty Wigginton, 3B4121003 .281
Jonny Gomes, DH5010034 .267
Raul Casanova, C4111022 .231
Josh Wilson, 2B4020012 .253
Totals383123413  
a-flied out for Crawford in the 5th
Batting
2B - Brendan Harris (22, Igawa), Josh Wilson (7, Vizcaino)
3B - Josh Wilson (2, Proctor)
HR - B.J. Upton (12, Igawa), Ty Wigginton (15, Igawa), Raul Casanova (5, Proctor)
RBI - B.J. Upton (39), Ty Wigginton (48), Raul Casanova (9)
2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton (12), Raul Casanova (3)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1
DP - Harris-Wilson-Pena
E - Raul Casanova (3, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Jason Hammel 4322311 5.82
Jae-Kuk Ryu (L,1-2) 1.2455131 6.65
Casey Fossum 1.1000110 7.46
Scott Dohmann 1100010 4.50
HBP - Rodriguez (by Jae-Kuk Ryu)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 68-38, Jae-Kuk Ryu 42-23, Casey Fossum 20-13, Scott Dohmann 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 7-3, Jae-Kuk Ryu 1-1, Scott Dohmann 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 17, Jae-Kuk Ryu 11, Casey Fossum 5, Scott Dohmann 3
New York Yankees
Melky Cabrera, CF3000100 .275
Derek Jeter, SS4000011 .331
Bobby Abreu, RF4120000 .265
Alex Rodriguez, 3B1200211 .306
Hideki Matsui, LF4112013 .281
Jorge Posada, C2000213 .330
Robinson Cano, 2B4121010 .281
Andy Phillips, 1B4122002 .307
Shelley Duncan, DH4112011 .250
Totals3078756  
Batting
HR - Hideki Matsui (15, Hammel), Shelley Duncan (1, Ryu)
RBI - Hideki Matsui 2 (58), Robinson Cano (46), Andy Phillips 2 (14), Shelley Duncan 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (13), Andy Phillips 2 (8), Shelley Duncan 2 (3)
SB - Bobby Abreu (13, 3rd base off Hammel/Casanova), Alex Rodriguez (10, 2nd base off Fossum/Casanova)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cano-Phillips
New York Yankees
Kei Igawa 5722362 6.67
Luis Vizcaino (W,7-2) 1100020 4.35
Kyle Farnsworth 1000120 4.35
Scott Proctor 1311011 3.74
Mariano Rivera 1100020 3.10
IBB - Upton by Kei Igawa
HBP - Wigginton (by Mariano Rivera)
Pitches-Strikes - Kei Igawa 94-61, Luis Vizcaino 19-13, Kyle Farnsworth 17-9, Scott Proctor 24-17, Mariano Rivera 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kei Igawa 2-6, Mariano Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - Kei Igawa 24, Luis Vizcaino 4, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Scott Proctor 6, Mariano Rivera 5
Game Information
Attendance - 54412
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Scott Barry