New York at Tampa Bay

N.Y. Yankees
Tampa Bay
W: D. Price (10-7) L: C. Sabathia (19-8)
HR: NYY - J. Miranda (1)   TB - B. Upton (11)

Upton's cycle derails Sabathia's quest for 20th win wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With little else to play for on the final weekend of the regular season, the New York Yankees were hoping to make CC Sabathia a 20-game winner and build momentum toward the playoffs.

The AL East champions didn't do either Friday night, losing 13-4 to Tampa Bay, with B.J. Upton going 5 for 5 while hitting for the cycle and driving in a career-high six runs for the Rays to ruin Sabathia's quest for a personal milestone.

"It's tough to go out there and pitch for individual things," Sabathia said. "I just wanted to go out, have a good outing, and keep the run going to the playoffs. It was just one of those tough nights."

 Playoff Race

Sabathia (19-8) failed to get through the third inning, matching a personal worst by allowing nine runs -- five earned -- in 2 2/3 innings and losing for the first time in more than two months.

Upton hit a three-run triple in the first inning, then doubled off the Yankees ace in the third. After hitting a two-run homer off Jonathan Albaladejo in the fourth, he completed the cycle with a run-scoring single off David Robertson in the fifth.

"It's disappointing because we really wanted to get him 20," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

"It didn't happen. But his next start obviously is a big start, and we look forward to it," Girardi added, eyeing Game 1 of the playoffs. "CC has talked about the real prize, and that starts next week."

Upton, who's hitting .243, became the first player in Tampa Bay's 12-season history to hit for the cycle. He became the fourth to have five hits in a game when he singled off Phil Hughes in the eighth.

"It was an incredible night for him," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

The speedy center fielder's six RBI helped the Rays to a 12-1 lead and overshadowed an impressive pitching performance by rookie David Price (10-7), who allowed one run and two hits in seven innings.

The 24-year-old left-hander retired the last 12 batters he faced and limited the Yankees to one base runner after the second inning, when he gave up a leadoff walk and singles to Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera, the later driving in New York's first run.

Juan Miranda's first career homer, a two-run, eighth-inning shot off Dale Thayer, enabled the Yankees to tie a franchise record for homers in a season. The AL East champions also hit 242 in 2004.

Sabathia, who's tied with St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the most wins in the majors, was trying to win 20 for the first time in his career. He also won 19 with Cleveland on the way to earning the 2007 AL Cy Young Award.

The left-hander lost for only the second time in 13 decisions since the All-Star break. Both defeats came at Tropicana Field, where the Rays also beat Sabathia 6-2 on July 28.

The three-time All-Star allowed nine runs in a game for the fifth time in his career. He finished 0-2 in four starts against Tampa Bay this season, allowing 21 runs in 23 1/3 innings and failing to get beyond the sixth inning in either of his two outings in St. Petersburg.

"I think part of the dynamic tonight was the fact that they're in [the playoffs] and they're not really playing for anything right now. They're just trying to get ready," Maddon said.

"I don't know exactly what that meant for him, although I know he probably wanted to win that 20th game. ... We just came out and ambushed him a little bit early on, and that's pretty much what caused the game to go the other way."

During a stretch of 11 starts without a loss from Aug. 2 until Friday night, the left-hander went 9-0 with a 2.04 ERA.

A lack of timely hitting has cost Tampa Bay all season, however the Rays took advantage of virtually every opportunity to put this one out of reach early.

Sabathia walked Gabe Kapler to force in a run after Tampa Bay loaded the bases in the first inning on a single, first baseman Mark Teixeira's fielding error and a walk. Upton followed with his triple to right field that made it 4-0.

Ben Zobrist had an RBI single in the second, then added another in the third, when the Rays scored four times to finish Sabathia, who allowed eight hits and matched a season high with five walks.

"These games are going to happen," New York's Nick Swisher said. "But it's nice to get them out of the way when they really don't mean anything."


  • Yankees owner George Steinbrenner spent three hours on Thursday in his office at the team's spring training complex, spending time with his sons, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner. The 79-year old Steinbrenner, who has kept a low profile the past few years, may make the trip from his Tampa home to see the team play this weekend.
  • Upton has struggled at the plate this season, but he's always been tough on Sabathia, going 6 for 14 lifetime with two homers.
  • Teixeira's first-inning error was only his fourth of the season in 1,263 chances.
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It's been a disappointing season for B.J. Upton, but he becomes the first Rays player to hit for the cycle.  (AP)
It's been a disappointing season for B.J. Upton, but he becomes the first Rays player to hit for the cycle. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 5
R 3
H 5
HR 1
Tampa Bay

D. Price
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 2
K 5

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS3000002 .333
    Juan Miranda, 1B1112000 .429
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF-2B4000000 .247
Mark Teixeira, 1B1000000 .293
    Eric Hinske, RF-3B2000010 .242
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3000011 .282
    Shelley Duncan, RF1000000 .214
Nick Swisher, RF-1B1100200 .250
    Freddy Guzman, LF1000000 .000
Jorge Posada, C3000022 .285
    Francisco Cervelli, C1000000 .301
Robinson Cano, 2B2010001 .322
    Brett Gardner, CF2110000 .272
Melky Cabrera, CF2011001 .274
    Ramiro Pena, SS2011000 .283
Jose Molina, DH4110023 .216
HR - Juan Miranda (1, Thayer)
RBI - Juan Miranda 2 (3), Melky Cabrera (68), Ramiro Pena (10)
2-OUT RBI - Ramiro Pena (1)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Jerry Hairston Jr. 1
E - Mark Teixeira (4, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
CC Sabathia (L,19-8) 2.2895530 3.37
Jonathan Albaladejo 1.1322111 5.24
David Robertson 1211000 3.38
Brian Bruney 1000010 3.92
Phil Coke 1100020 4.55
Phil Hughes 0.1311000 3.05
Damaso Marte 0.2000000 9.45
IBB - Longoria by CC Sabathia
HBP - Bartlett (by CC Sabathia)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 82-47, Jonathan Albaladejo 35-19, David Robertson 21-14, Brian Bruney 15-10, Phil Coke 15-11, Phil Hughes 17-12, Damaso Marte 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 1-4, Jonathan Albaladejo 2-1, David Robertson 2-1, Phil Coke 1-0, Phil Hughes 1-0
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 22, Jonathan Albaladejo 8, David Robertson 5, Brian Bruney 3, Phil Coke 4, Phil Hughes 4, Damaso Marte 2
Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bartlett, SS1310200 .319
   a- Reid Brignac, PH-SS2011000 .291
Carl Crawford, LF4110025 .306
   b- Gabe Gross, PH-RF2000012 .230
Evan Longoria, 3B2112202 .279
    Chris Richard, 1B2000012 .111
Ben Zobrist, 2B5032003 .295
Willy Aybar, 1B-3B5000017 .259
Gabe Kapler, RF-LF4321111 .240
B.J. Upton, CF5356000 .243
Dioner Navarro, C4110102 .218
Fernando Perez, DH5121011 .212
a-flied out for Bartlett in the 6th
b-struck out for Crawford in the 6th
2B - Reid Brignac (8, Hughes), Carl Crawford (28, Sabathia), Gabe Kapler (15, Robertson), B.J. Upton (33, Sabathia)
3B - B.J. Upton (4, Sabathia)
HR - B.J. Upton (11, Albaladejo)
RBI - Reid Brignac (6), Evan Longoria 2 (112), Ben Zobrist 2 (91), Gabe Kapler (32), B.J. Upton 6 (55), Fernando Perez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria 2 (40), Ben Zobrist (35), Gabe Kapler (9), B.J. Upton 4 (22)
SB - Jason Bartlett (29, 2nd base off Sabathia/Posada)
Team LOB - 11
Tampa Bay Rays
David Price (W,10-7) 7211250 4.42
Dale Thayer 1222011 5.40
Jeff Bennett 1211000 5.12
HBP - Teixeira (by David Price)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 103-65, Dale Thayer 20-13, Jeff Bennett 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 8-8, Jeff Bennett 2-1
Batters Faced - David Price 26, Dale Thayer 5, Jeff Bennett 5
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Attendance - 22704
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Kerwin Danley