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Mussina tied Bob Gibson on the career wins list by pitching six sharp innings, Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 6-1 on Monday night.
"I think everybody knows who Bob Gibson, who he was as a player and what he was able to accomplish so it's nice," Mussina said.
Abreu went 3-for-3 with a walk and Hideki Matsui drove in two runs for the Yankees, who lost Jeter after two innings to a strained left quadriceps but salvaged a split of the four-game series before they headed west to start a difficult stretch.
Jeter said his leg first bothered him Sunday but he thought it was a cramp. He felt it grab again when he beat out a potential double-play grounder before Abreu's drive in the first inning.
"I didn't aggravate it but I didn't really push it," Jeter said. "I felt something so I didn't want to be stupid and I came out and hopefully it won't be too long."
Jeter departed before the third inning and an MRI revealed the strain. Manager Joe Girardi said he won't play Tuesday afternoon against Kansas City, but the club didn't have any immediate plans to put him on the disabled list.
"Leg injuries aren't an exact science," Girardi said. "Hopefully it'll be less than a week but we'll have to see."
The Yankees didn't miss Jeter on another chilly night in the Bronx. New York, which scored just 17 runs in its first six games, finished with season highs for runs and hits with 11.
"I think everything worked together," Abreu said. "This team is supposed to score some runs. We've got a pretty good offense."
Mussina earned win No. 251 and is tied with Gibson for 42nd place. He struck out three to equal Yankees TV broadcaster David Cone for 21st place with 2,668 Ks.
Jonny Gomes homered for the Rays, who are 3-3 heading into their home opener against Seattle on Tuesday. Tampa Bay has never finished with a winning record on its first road trip of the year.
"It's great that we're disappointed," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's part of raising our level of expectations."
The Yankees went 4-3 on their season-opening homestand and play 18 of their next 20 on the road. They were scheduled to fly to Kansas City after the game for the Royals' home opener.
Girardi may have a thin bench to work with as he starts his first trip as Yankees manager.
Abreu's first homer of the season made it 2-0 and the Yankees pushed across two more runs in the sixth against Jason Hammel (0-1). Abreu led off with a triple to right-center and scored on Alex Rodriguez's single. Matsui then doubled down the first-base line to drive in A-Rod and make it 4-1.
That was enough for Mussina (1-1), who allowed two hits and walked one. He improved to 8-1 with a 1.92 ERA in nine career starts against Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium.
"In and out, keeping the ball down, mixing up pitches, kept us off balance all night," B.J. Upton said.
Hammel allowed eight hits and four runs in six innings. He struck out two and walked one.
"Hats off to their pitching," Hammel said. "It won't happen often to keep our guys to one run."
|Mike Mussina ties Bob Gibson on the career wins list and David Cone on the career strikeouts list. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Akinori Iwamura, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.192|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.148|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.227|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.227|
|Eric Hinske, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.308|
|Willy Aybar, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.188|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||4||1||1||1||0||2||3||.375|
|Mike DiFelice, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.190|
|2B - Mike DiFelice (1, Mussina)|
|HR - Jonny Gomes (2, Mussina)|
|RBI - Jonny Gomes (5)|
|SB - Jason Bartlett (1, 2nd base off Mussina/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jason Hammel (L,0-1)||6||8||4||4||1||2||1||6.00|
|IBB - Cabrera by Jason Hammel|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 88-55, Scott Dohmann 36-22, Gary Glover 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 11-5, Gary Glover 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 27, Scott Dohmann 7, Gary Glover 3|
|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, LF||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.185|
|Derek Jeter, SS||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.208|
|Morgan Ensberg, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||3||3||3||2||1||0||0||.400|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||4||.320|
|Hideki Matsui, DH||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.375|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.185|
|Wilson Betemit, 1B-SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.111|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.286|
|Jose Molina, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.308|
|2B - Hideki Matsui (1, Hammel), Jose Molina (2, Hammel)|
|3B - Bobby Abreu (1, Hammel)|
|HR - Bobby Abreu (1, Hammel)|
|RBI - Bobby Abreu 2 (4), Alex Rodriguez (5), Hideki Matsui 2 (6), Robinson Cano (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hideki Matsui (1), Robinson Cano (1)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Robinson Cano (3, Throwing)|
|New York Yankees|
|Mike Mussina (W,1-1)||6||2||1||1||1||3||1||3.09|
|Brian Bruney (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|HBP - Aybar (by Brian Bruney)|
|WP - LaTroy Hawkins (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 82-52, Brian Bruney 13-10, Kyle Farnsworth 11-9, LaTroy Hawkins 22-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 12-4, Brian Bruney 1-2, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 22, Brian Bruney 4, Kyle Farnsworth 3, LaTroy Hawkins 5|
|Attendance - 41302|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 48|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ted Barrett|