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Yankees avoid elimination for another day; Jeter injured

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Next up, a nostalgic goodbye for Yankee Stadium. And there's no way Derek Jeter is going to miss it.

Robinson Cano hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees avoided playoff elimination Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 moments after Jeter was injured.

Playing what is almost sure to be the penultimate game at Yankee Stadium, New York got a perfect inning from Mariano Rivera (6-5) and a fine start by impressive rookie Alfredo Aceves.

But it was a painful victory. Jeter left after getting hit on the hand by a pitch in the ninth, which started the winning rally. X-rays were negative and he said he'll play in the ballpark's farewell game Sunday night.

"I don't need to ask," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's not broken. It's sore."

The Red Sox lost 6-3 in Toronto, so the Yankees cut Boston's AL wild-card lead to 6½ games with seven to play.

A New York loss combined with a Boston win would have knocked the Yankees out of contention, assuring they'd miss a postseason for the first time since 1993. New York's run of 13 straight playoff berths began in '95, a year after a labor dispute between players and owners led to the postseason being canceled.

So the Yankees are still alive -- barely. They could be eliminated Sunday with a loss and a Boston win, which would put a damper on all the festivities planned for the 85-year-old ballpark in its regular-season finale.

"It's a must-win for this club because we are still alive," Girardi said. "You want a win because that'll close out the building and that's significant."

Andy Pettitte will pitch for the Yankees before a national television audience. Next season, New York will move into a $1.3 billion palace being built across the street.

"One of the things that you learn very young is about the history and tradition, so I'm very happy Andy's starting," Jeter said.

Brian Burres was even better than Aceves, shutting down the Yankees on three hits through seven innings. The lefty walked none in his first start since Aug. 31.

Jim Miller (0-2) struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth before plunking Jeter on the left hand to begin the ninth. Jeter jumped away in pain, then let his arm dangle by his side as he was checked by a trainer.

Quickly removed from the game, Jeter tossed his helmet in the dugout before disappearing up the runway -- a rare display of frustration for one of baseball's most poised players.

"It doesn't feel good," he said.

Jeter was hit on the same hand by a pitch from Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera in May. The Yankees' captain wears a protective pad on the outside of his batting glove, but he appeared to get hit flush.

Pinch-hitter Brett Gardner stole second and Bobby Abreu was intentionally walked. Alex Rodriguez hit a potential double-play grounder to second, but shortstop Juan Castro's relay to first was wide.

A-Rod swiped second as Jason Giambi struck out against Jamie Walker, and Xavier Nady was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Benched earlier in the week for not hustling on defense, Cano lined Walker's next pitch on one hop into center and was mobbed by excited teammates on the infield. By the time the ball reached the outfield, Walker had slammed his glove to the ground.

"I've never done that. I apologize for that," Walker said. "I'll have to deal with my kids on that one."

The 25-year-old Aceves yielded five hits over six innings in his third major league start, all strong outings this month. New York has won four straight and seven of eight.

The Orioles dropped to 2-19 in their last 21 one-run games and have lost 24 of 31 overall.

"I'll take the good starting pitching every time," manager Dave Trembley said. "Obviously, it's been an area where we have been improving. That's a real positive. I have no problem with the effort that this team has been displaying every night."

Notes

  • Baltimore is 0-10-1 in its past 11 season series against the Yankees.
  • Girardi and Yankees OF Johnny Damon played ball with their kids on the field after the game.
  • In a video recorded at his home, longtime public address announcer Bob Sheppard pulled a lever that reduced the Yankee Stadium countdown to one game. The site of Sheppard, who has missed the entire season recuperating from an illness, drew a roar from the sellout crowd of 54,662.
  • Jeter was the DH and Cody Ransom started at shortstop.
  • It was New York's first 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium since June 13, 2006, against Cleveland.
 
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Johnny Damon (18) is the first to reach Robinson Cano after the second baseman's game-winning hit.
 
Johnny Damon (18) is the first to reach Robinson Cano after the second baseman's game-winning hit. (AP)
 

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Baltimore

O. Salazar
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B2010202 .298
Adam Jones, CF4010013 .271
Nick Markakis, RF4010001 .300
Aubrey Huff, 3B-1B4000002 .311
Oscar Salazar, DH4020010 .288
Luke Scott, LF4000003 .265
Kevin Millar, 1B3010011 .236
    Brandon Fahey, PR-SS0000000 .229
   a- Luis Montanez, PH1000000 .308
    Juan Castro, SS0000000 .192
Alex Cintron, SS-3B3000112 .274
Guillermo Quiroz, C2000101 .178
Totals3106044  
a-flied out for Fahey in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (51, Aceves)
CS - Oscar Salazar (1, 2nd base by Aceves/Moeller)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Brian Roberts (7, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Burres 7300020 5.98
Jim Miller (L,0-2) 1.1011120 1.17
Jamie Walker 0.1100110 5.92
IBB - Abreu by Jim Miller, Nady by Jamie Walker
HBP - Jeter (by Jim Miller)
WP - Brian Burres (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Burres 91-59, Jim Miller 21-12, Jamie Walker 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Burres 4-16, Jim Miller 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Burres 25, Jim Miller 6, Jamie Walker 3
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF4000000 .307
Derek Jeter, DH3000000 .304
    Brett Gardner, PR-DH0100000 .190
Bobby Abreu, RF3010100 .298
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4020002 .304
Jason Giambi, 1B4000034 .249
Xavier Nady, LF3000103 .309
Robinson Cano, 2B4011001 .264
Cody Ransom, SS3000010 .296
Chad Moeller, C2000000 .214
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1000010 .260
    Jose Molina, C0000000 .213
Totals3114125  
a-struck out for Moeller in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (39, Burres)
RBI - Robinson Cano (63)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (22)
SB - Brett Gardner (11, 2nd base off Miller/Quiroz), Alex Rodriguez (18, 2nd base off Walker/Quiroz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Aceves
New York Yankees
Alfredo Aceves 6500330 1.38
Brian Bruney 1100100 1.93
Damaso Marte 1000000 3.88
Mariano Rivera (W,6-5) 1000010 1.47
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Aceves 92-58, Brian Bruney 19-10, Damaso Marte 13-8, Mariano Rivera 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Aceves 4-9
Batters Faced - Alfredo Aceves 24, Brian Bruney 5, Damaso Marte 3, Mariano Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 54662
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Derryl Cousins