Washington at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: C. Stammen (1-2) L: J. Chamberlain (3-2)
S: M. MacDougal (2)
HR: WAS - None   NYY - None

Last-place Nationals wait out rain delay, silence Yankees

CBSSports.com wire reports

NEW YORK --Craig Stammen and the Washington Nationals really dampened the New York Yankees' day.

After waiting out a 5½-hour rain delay at the beginning, Stammen earned his first major league victory, Julian Tavarez provided key relief and the last-place Nationals beat New York 3-0 Thursday night in the first game without a homer at the new Yankee Stadium.

"When you have three meals at the ballpark before you start the game, it's been a long day," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "It was worthwhile."

Boosted by Ryan Zimmerman's three hits and a bunch of nifty plays, Washington posted its first two-game winning streak since taking three straight May 7-9. Behind Stammen (1-2), the Nationals became the last team in the majors to pitch a shutout this season.

Unsure whether there would be a game, Stammen bided his time by reading a book, watching games on TV and eating lunch. Hours later, he learned he would be pitching.

"I guess it started right on time for me," he said.

Maybe it was the damp air, or perhaps it had more to do with Stammen's neat 6 1/3 innings, but nobody managed to clear the fences. There had been a whopping 119 home runs through 34 games at the majors' newest launching pad.

Scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m., the game did not begin until 6:31 p.m. A postponement seemed unlikely because the teams shared only one mutual off-day the rest of the season for a possible makeup.

There is no official record of the longest rain delay in big league history, but this certainly ranked high at 5 hours, 26 minutes. The start of a pennant-race game in 1999 between Cincinnati and Milwaukee was delayed 5 hours, 47 minutes.

The call on whether to play or not rested with the Yankees.

"I was in the loop at all times," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "When we were supposed to start and couldn't, at 2, 3, 4 or 5, all of those times."

Said umpire crew chief Charlie Reliford: "It was their decision entirely. I had no input whatsoever."

About 10,000 people were sprinkled around the ballpark for the first pitch. When the Yankees announced fans could move down, there was a stampede toward the $2,625 seats in the front row. By the end, the upper deck and bleachers were virtually empty.

Later, the Yankees said all stubs for the game - used or not - could be redeemed for tickets or merchandise this season or in 2010.

Despite the messy weather, it was an extremely crisp game. No pratfalls, no errors and several sharp plays on both sides.

Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner made one of the best, tracking down Austin Kearns' long drive in the eighth. The back of Gardner's head whiplashed against the plexiglas wall, and he was down on the warning track for several minutes after getting the wind knocked out of him. A woozy Gardner was driven off on a golf cart.

"The body feels fine. I just have a little headache," Gardner said.

The Nationals' problematic outfield produced two gems. Left fielder Willie Harris made a diving catch on the warning track to rob Alex Rodriguez, and Kearns unleashed a perfect throw from right to cut down Nick Swisher at second.

Stammen worked around six hits, walked none and struck out two in his sixth big league start. The 25-year-old rookie sent the Yankees to their sixth loss in nine games.

Tavarez relieved with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. He retired pinch-hitter Derek Jeter on a grounder, with shortstop Cristian Guzman skidding to his left to make the stop. Exactly four years ago, Jeter hit the only grand slam of his career.

Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his second save. On Wednesday night, he closed out the Yankees for his first save in the majors since 2006.

Zimmerman doubled twice and singled off Joba Chamberlain (3-2). He scored twice and drove in a run as the Nationals took a 3-0 lead after five innings.


  • Jeter did not start for the second straight game because of a sore left ankle.
  • Washington 2B Ronnie Belliard wasn't feeling well and was scratched from the starting lineup.
  • The game took 2 hours, 59 minutes.
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Craig Stammen goes 6 1/3 innings to help the Nationals notch their first shutout this season.  (AP)
Craig Stammen goes 6 1/3 innings to help the Nationals notch their first shutout this season. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Zimmerman
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

C. Stammen
IP 6.1
H 6
ER 0
BB 0
K 2

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Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS5130001 .329
Nick Johnson, 1B4000112 .306
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5231022 .310
Adam Dunn, DH2021200 .265
Austin Kearns, RF4000025 .196
Corey Patterson, CF4000025 .077
Willie Harris, LF3000111 .217
Wil Nieves, C2001210 .256
Anderson Hernandez, 2B4000013 .263
2B - Cristian Guzman (13, Chamberlain), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (18, Chamberlain, Chamberlain), Adam Dunn (9, Chamberlain)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (43), Adam Dunn (47), Wil Nieves (10)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (8), Wil Nieves (5)
CS - Cristian Guzman (3, 2nd base by Chamberlain/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Austin Kearns 1
DP - Guzman-A. Hernandez-N. Johnson
Washington Nationals
Craig Stammen (W,1-2) 6.1600020 4.76
Ron Villone (H,3) 0.1000110 1.80
Julian Tavarez (H,5) 0.1000000 4.21
Joe Beimel (H,8) 1000100 3.67
Mike MacDougal (S,2) 1100000 4.85
Pitches-Strikes - Craig Stammen 82-53, Ron Villone 10-4, Julian Tavarez 5-4, Joe Beimel 15-9, Mike MacDougal 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Craig Stammen 9-7, Julian Tavarez 1-0, Mike MacDougal 1-1
Batters Faced - Craig Stammen 24, Ron Villone 2, Julian Tavarez 1, Joe Beimel 4, Mike MacDougal 3
New York Yankees
Brett Gardner, CF3010000 .277
    Melky Cabrera, CF0000100 .286
Johnny Damon, LF4000001 .281
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010002 .283
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000013 .212
Robinson Cano, 2B4020001 .311
Nick Swisher, RF4020001 .244
Hideki Matsui, DH4010012 .249
Francisco Cervelli, C2000011 .288
   a- Jorge Posada, PH-C0000100 .282
Ramiro Pena, SS2000001 .247
   b- Derek Jeter, PH-SS1000003 .305
a-walked for Cervelli in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Pena in the 7th
2B - Nick Swisher (15, Stammen)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Teixeira-Pena-Chamberlain
New York Yankees
Joba Chamberlain (L,3-2) 6733460 3.89
Alfredo Aceves 1000010 2.54
Phil Coke 1100020 3.45
David Robertson 1000210 2.08
IBB - N. Johnson by David Robertson
Pitches-Strikes - Joba Chamberlain 100-60, Alfredo Aceves 9-7, Phil Coke 13-9, David Robertson 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joba Chamberlain 9-1, David Robertson 2-0
Batters Faced - Joba Chamberlain 27, Alfredo Aceves 3, Phil Coke 4, David Robertson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 45143
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Charlie Reliford