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Yankees blow out Rays to sweep doubleheader

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NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter got a standing ovation -- when he came on the field for his pregame wind sprints at the start of a very long day. He didn't give fans more to cheer about, failing to gain ground on Lou Gehrig.

Jeter went 0 for 8 with a walk and remained three hits behind the Iron Horse as the New York Yankees swept a day-night doubleheader from the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 and 11-1 Monday.

 Game 1: Yankees 4, Rays 1

"You'd like to get it over with," Jeter said. "Hopefully, tomorrow will be a little bit better."

After a sparkling seven-inning pitcher's duel between CC Sabathia and Matt Garza in the opener, Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in a three-run eighth. Mark Teixeira had a three-run homer in an eight-run third that broke open the second game and added a solo shot, boosting A.J. Burnett (11-8) to his first win since July 27.

 Rays: Pena breaks two fingers, done for season

New York had 24 hits, but none by Jeter on a day that ended with a spring-training-like slew of late-innings substitutes.

Flashes went off throughout the stadium whenever he came to the plate. Limited to a tying RBI grounder in the third, he came out for a pinch runner in the sixth inning of the second game and stayed stuck at 2,718 hits, leaving Gehrig to hold the team record for another day.

"You think about it, because that's all you're hearing about, especially when you're on deck," he said.

Jeter did surpass another Yankees great -- with 2,117 games, he jumped ahead of Yogi Berra for third on the Yankees list behind only Mickey Mantle (2,401) and Gehrig (2,164).

New York (89-50) has won 11 of 14, matched last year's victory total with more than 3½ weeks to play and is 39 games over .500 for the first time since 2004. The Yankees opened a season-high nine-game AL East lead over second-place Boston and moved 6½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for best record in the AL -- and homefield throughout the postseason.

"We've been on quite a roll here for quite some time, and you want to continue it because we still haven't won anything. We haven't clinched anything," Jeter said.

Fading Tampa Bay has lost six straight, its longest skid since dropping seven from July 7-13 last year. Making matters worse, slugger Carlos Pena broke two fingers on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in the opener. Because he swung, he didn't even get to first base.

"I knew when the ball hit me it was going to be bad," he said. "You don't take a 95 mph fastball on the finger and live to tell about it -- or the finger live to tell about it."

The All-Star first baseman, who may need surgery, leads the AL with 39 homers and finished with 100 RBI.

"It's very discouraging," manager Joe Maddon said. "He was swinging the bat about as well as anyone I've seen this season."

Sabathia matched his season high with 10 strikeouts and allowed one run, three hits and four walks. He is 6-0 with 2.31 ERA in eight starts since 6-2 loss at Tampa Bay on July 28.

Garza gave up only an unearned run, five hits and a walk, striking out seven. Even though his opponents' batting average of .233 coming in was the best in the AL, he is 0-2 in eight starts since July 24.

"All I can do is go out there and pitch as well as I can," he said.

Phil Hughes (6-3) pitched the eighth and Mariano Rivera, out since Sept. 1 with a sore left groin, struck out two in finishing the three-hitter for his 39th save in 40 chances.

"It responded real well," Rivera said. "I'm not worried about it."

Burnett watched Sabathia, then gave up one run, four hits and three walks in six innings, striking out eight. He had been 0-4 with 6.54 ERA in seven starts since winning at Tampa Bay on July 27.

"Any time you get to pitch behind that big man, you know, you want to put up his numbers," Burnett said. "You just get inspired."

Lance Cormier (2-2) lost the opener, dropping Tampa Bay's bullpen to 2-9 since Aug. 6. Andy Sonnanstine (6-9) was pounded for eight runs, eight hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings of the night game, inflating his ERA to 7.23.

"My arm was dragging. I couldn't catch up," Sonnanstine said. "Definitely today was probably one of the worst days of my life."

Notes

  • Nick Swisher was hit on the left elbow by pitch from Jeff Bennett on a swing in the sixth inning of the night game.
  • While announced attendance for the night makeup of a June 5 rainout was 45,953, the turnstile count was 35,128.
  • Jorge Posada caught Sabathia for the first time since Aug. 18.
  • Teixeira has three multihomer games this season, 24 overall.
  • Tampa Bay is 1-7-7 in doubleheaders.
  • Jose Molina (three hits, two walks in Game 2) reached base five times in a game for the first time in his career.
 
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The Yankees' Melky Cabrera finishes the game with three hits while driving in two runs against the Rays.  (AP)
The Yankees' Melky Cabrera finishes the game with three hits while driving in two runs against the Rays. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
New York

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4010101 .293
Gabe Gross, RF5110013 .245
Evan Longoria, 3B3021010 .281
    Gabe Kapler, CF2000012 .236
Pat Burrell, DH2000221 .234
Willy Aybar, 1B-3B4010023 .252
Gregg Zaun, C3010003 .262
    Chris Richard, 1B0000100 .000
B.J. Upton, CF2000112 .237
    Shawn Riggans, C1000002 .200
Reid Brignac, SS3000122 .242
Fernando Perez, LF4000012 .188
Totals33161611  
Batting
2B - Gabe Gross (16, Burnett), Evan Longoria (41, Burnett)
RBI - Evan Longoria (102)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Iwamura-Aybar, Iwamura-Brignac-Aybar, Longoria-Aybar
Tampa Bay Rays
Andy Sonnanstine (L,6-9) 2.2688311 7.23
Chad Bradford 0.1200000 3.12
Jeff Bennett 4833501 4.03
Brian Shouse 1100110 5.16
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 72-40, Chad Bradford 7-6, Jeff Bennett 84-47, Brian Shouse 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 4-2, Jeff Bennett 8-2, Brian Shouse 2-0
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 16, Chad Bradford 3, Jeff Bennett 23, Brian Shouse 5
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4101103 .329
    Ramiro Pena, PR-SS^2B1010000 .283
Johnny Damon, LF6111016 .288
Mark Teixeira, 1B4234010 .282
    Brett Gardner, CF1000000 .270
Hideki Matsui, DH3220201 .269
Nick Swisher, RF-1B2210201 .251
   a- Eric Hinske, PH-3B1000001 .246
Robinson Cano, 2B3010103 .316
   b- Shelley Duncan, PH-RF1000001 .000
Melky Cabrera, CF-RF4232003 .281
    Francisco Cervelli, C1000000 .263
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B-SS4121100 .257
Jose Molina, C-1B3031200 .245
Totals3811171092  
a-flied out for Swisher in the 7th
b-grounded out for Cano in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (37, J. Bennett), Jerry Hairston Jr. (22, J. Bennett)
HR - Mark Teixeira 2 (35, Sonnanstine, J. Bennett)
RBI - Derek Jeter (62), Johnny Damon (76), Mark Teixeira 4 (106), Melky Cabrera 2 (58), Jerry Hairston Jr. (38), Jose Molina (11)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (19), Jerry Hairston Jr. (8), Jose Molina (6)
Team LOB - 12
New York Yankees
A.J. Burnett (W,11-8) 6411380 4.19
Edwar Ramirez 1100000 4.58
Jonathan Albaladejo 1100110 5.20
Michael Dunn 1000220 10.80
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 99-64, Edwar Ramirez 18-11, Jonathan Albaladejo 16-10, Michael Dunn 24-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 4-6, Edwar Ramirez 2-1, Jonathan Albaladejo 2-0, Michael Dunn 1-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 25, Edwar Ramirez 4, Jonathan Albaladejo 5, Michael Dunn 5
Game Information
Attendance - 45953
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Tim Welke