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|N.Y. Yankees (78-70) «||1||0||0||2||0||0||2||1||x||6||11||0|
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter did everything he could Saturday to help the New York Yankees gain ground in their quest for another postseason appearance. He collected six hits and made a couple of nice plays in the field.
And after New York split a doubleheader with AL East-leading Tampa Bay, he gave a blunt assessment of the Yankees' chances with 14 games left.
"We can't afford to lose any more games," Jeter said.
Tampa Bay finished the day with a two-game division edge over Boston, which split a doubleheader with Toronto. The Rays franchise has never won a doubleheader in 13 tries.
"We put ourselves in a position to win, but like I said, we made mistakes that we usually don't make," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
New York is almost certain to miss the playoffs for the first time since 1993. The Yankees are nine games behind wild card-leading Boston with 14 games remaining.
"It was a long day for everyone involved," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "It was a day we saw a lot of good things and a day we saw some bad things."
Four New York relievers combined to throw 5 2/3 innings after Sidney Ponson struggled in the makeup of Friday night's rainout. Damaso Marte (1-3) pitched a scoreless seventh, Joba Chamberlain worked the eighth and Mariano Rivera got three outs for his 34th save in 35 opportunities.
Rivera allowed pinch-hitter Evan Longoria's RBI single with two outs before Justin Ruggiano grounded out. Longoria returned to action in the opener after missing more than a month with a broken wrist, and hit a bases-loaded single.
"It's like riding a bike," he cracked between games.
Ben Zobrist hit his second career grand slam for Tampa Bay, but committed a crucial error in the loss.
Zobrist's fourth-inning slam made it 4-1. A pair of fielding miscues let New York take the lead in the seventh.
After Jeter reached on a one-out single, Abreu followed an easy grounder to shortstop that Zobrist threw into right field. Jeter scored when Gabe Gross had trouble picking up the ball.
"A lot of fastballs, and fortunate enough I was able to sneak one in there," Nady said.
Abreu added an RBI single in the eighth for the Yankees.
|Brett Gardner scores the winning run for the Yanks, who open their final homestand at Yankee Stadium. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Akinori Iwamura, 2B||3||1||0||0||2||3||3||.278|
|Ben Zobrist, SS||4||1||2||4||0||1||1||.229|
|a- Evan Longoria, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.282|
|Dan Johnson, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Justin Ruggiano, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.219|
|Cliff Floyd, DH||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.272|
|b- Jonny Gomes, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.177|
|Willy Aybar, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.256|
|Eric Hinske, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.247|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Dioner Navarro, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.297|
|Gabe Gross, RF||3||1||3||0||1||0||0||.249|
|Fernando Perez, CF||3||1||0||0||0||0||3||.190|
|a-singled for Zobrist in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Floyd in the 7th|
|2B - Ben Zobrist (8, Ponson)|
|HR - Ben Zobrist (8, Ponson)|
|SH - Fernando Perez (1)|
|RBI - Ben Zobrist 4 (23), Evan Longoria (74)|
|2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (25)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Gabe Gross (2, Missed catch of throw), Dioner Navarro (5, Throwing), Ben Zobrist (7, Throwing)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|J.P. Howell (L,6-1)||1.2||1||2||0||0||4||0||2.40|
|WP - Grant Balfour (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 83-47, J.P. Howell 22-18, Grant Balfour 17-11, Chad Bradford 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 6-6, J.P. Howell 2-0, Chad Bradford 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 24, J.P. Howell 7, Grant Balfour 3, Chad Bradford 6|
|New York Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF-LF||4||2||0||1||1||2||3||.171|
|Derek Jeter, SS||3||1||3||0||1||0||0||.303|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||1||1||1||1||0||2||.297|
|Alex Rodriguez, DH||3||0||0||1||1||1||3||.306|
|Xavier Nady, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.316|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.242|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.260|
|Wilson Betemit, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||3||3||.257|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.279|
|Cody Ransom, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||2||1||.500|
|2B - Robinson Cano (30, Balfour)|
|HR - Wilson Betemit (6, Garza)|
|SF - Alex Rodriguez (5)|
|SH - Derek Jeter (6)|
|RBI - Brett Gardner (10), Bobby Abreu (89), Alex Rodriguez (96), Xavier Nady (88), Wilson Betemit (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu (39), Xavier Nady (39)|
|SB - Brett Gardner (8, 2nd base off Bradford/Navarro), Ivan Rodriguez (9, 3rd base off Garza/Navarro)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Coke-Cano-Betemit, Jeter-Betemit|
|New York Yankees|
|Damaso Marte (W,5-3)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.06|
|Joba Chamberlain (H,14)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.59|
|Mariano Rivera (S,34)||1||2||1||1||0||1||0||1.55|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 82-43, Phil Coke 23-16, Damaso Marte 12-7, Joba Chamberlain 11-7, Mariano Rivera 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 8-0, Phil Coke 3-1, Joba Chamberlain 3-0, Mariano Rivera 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 20, Phil Coke 8, Damaso Marte 3, Joba Chamberlain 3, Mariano Rivera 5|
|Attendance - 53568|
|Game Time - 3:11|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Kevin Causey|