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Tampa Bay at New York

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Tampa Bay (88-58)000400001593
N.Y. Yankees (78-70) «10020021x6110

Nady sparks Yankees' rally, helps N.Y. earn split

CBSSports.com wire reports
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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.

Xavier Nady hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and New York rallied to beat the Rays 6-5 after Tampa Bay won the opener 7-1 behind James Shields' eight shutout innings.

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.

Bobby Abreu hit a solo homer in the opener and Wilson Betemit went deep in the nightcap for New York, which opened its final homestand at Yankee Stadium.

"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.

J.P. Howell (6-1) then struck out Alex Rodriguez, but Nady hit a 3-2 pitch from Grant Balfour into center field to give New York a 5-4 lead.

"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.

Notes

  • Mussina struck out seven to give him 2,800 career K's, passing Cy Young (2,798) for 19th on the career list.
  • It was Ruggiano's first career three-hit game.
  • LHP David Price, the top overall pick in the 2007 draft, and OF Jonny Gomes joined Tampa Bay after Triple-A Durham lost in the International League playoffs Friday night. RHPs Mitch Talbot and Jeff Niemann also were promoted and will join the team on Monday in Florida.
  • New York recalled RHPs Phil Hughes and David Robertson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hughes could start Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox.
 
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Brett Gardner scores the winning run for the Yanks, who open their final homestand at Yankee Stadium.  (AP)
Brett Gardner scores the winning run for the Yanks, who open their final homestand at Yankee Stadium. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B3100233 .278
Ben Zobrist, SS4124011 .229
   a- Evan Longoria, PH1011000 .282
Dan Johnson, 1B4010010 .250
    Justin Ruggiano, LF1000001 .219
Cliff Floyd, DH2000112 .272
   b- Jonny Gomes, PH-DH1000010 .177
Willy Aybar, 3B4000003 .256
Eric Hinske, LF3010002 .247
    Carlos Pena, 1B1000000 .247
Dioner Navarro, C3110101 .297
Gabe Gross, RF3130100 .249
Fernando Perez, CF3100003 .190
Totals3359557  
a-singled for Zobrist in the 9th
b-struck out for Floyd in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Gabe Gross (2, Missed catch of throw), Dioner Navarro (5, Throwing), Ben Zobrist (7, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza 5633331 3.60
J.P. Howell (L,6-1) 1.2120040 2.40
Grant Balfour 0.1200010 1.62
Chad Bradford 1211100 2.15
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-LF4201123 .171
Derek Jeter, SS3130100 .303
Bobby Abreu, RF4111102 .297
Alex Rodriguez, DH3001113 .306
Xavier Nady, LF4011001 .316
    Melky Cabrera, CF0000000 .242
Robinson Cano, 2B4020002 .260
Wilson Betemit, 1B4111033 .257
Ivan Rodriguez, C4110001 .279
Cody Ransom, 3B4020021 .500
Totals34611548  
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Coke-Cano-Betemit, Jeter-Betemit
New York Yankees
Sidney Ponson 3.1644421 5.25
Phil Coke 2.2100120 0.00
Damaso Marte (W,5-3) 1000020 4.06
Joba Chamberlain (H,14) 1000000 2.59
Mariano Rivera (S,34) 1211010 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
Game Information
Attendance - 53568
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Kevin Causey