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|Tampa Bay (24-23)||0||0||0||0||0||3||1||0||0||4||7||0|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Another injury marred a New York Yankees' victory.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had no official timeline for how long Granderson will be out, but indicated it could be a minimum of four weeks.
"It is what it is," said Granderson, who will see a hand specialist in New York on Monday. "You can't change it right now, you've got to move forward."
Granderson missed the first 38 games this season with a broken right forearm, the result of a hit by pitch in his first at-bat at spring training.
"Another bump in the road," Granderson said.
Granderson said at this point he was told surgery will not be required.
"It's sad," Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano said. "It's really tough. He's one of those guys you're going to miss. Hopefully he gets back soon."
David Phelps (3-2), who retired his first 13 batters before James Loney hit a one-out double in the fifth, allowed four runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings. He left in the eighth after he was hit on the right forearm by a drive up the middle by Ben Zobrist.
X-rays were negative, and Phelps did not rule out making his next start.
"It's a little sore," Phelps said. "See how that feels tomorrow morning will be a bigger thing. I'll be fine."
"I'm happy that we won the game, but you lost a really good player," Girardi said. "That's never a good thing."
Gardner made it 5-0 with a two-run homer off Roberto Hernandez (2-5) during the fourth. The Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the second on Overbay's two-run double and an RBI single by Nix.
Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria went 0 for 4 and had his career-best 16-game hitting streak end.
Nix walked with the bases loaded, Chris Stewart had a run-scoring single and Cano picked up an RBI when he was hit by Ramos' pitch as the Yankees went ahead 8-0 in the fifth.
Matt Joyce had an RBI double during the Rays' three-run sixth.
Nix tripled and scored to put the Yankees up 9-3 on a wild pitch in the seventh.
After falling behind 3-0 in the third, the Rays intentionally walked Cano with runners on first and second and two outs. The move proved successful when Hernandez got an infield pop fly from Vernon Wells.
Hernandez gave up five runs, six hits and three walks in four innings. He was coming off a start last Saturday against Baltimore where he allowed five runs and eight hits over two innings.
"Pitching won the game for them and not for us," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I thought we had some good at-bats, but they did beat us on the mound. We have to pitch better to win."
Tampa Bay's Matt Moore will look Saturday to become the fifth-youngest pitcher since 1916 to start a season 9-0 exclusively as a starter. The 23-year old left-hander will go against Vidal Nuno (1-1).
According to the Rays, if Moore gets the victory Saturday, only Ken Holtzman (1967), Livan Hernandez (1997), Roger Clemens (1986) and Jered Weaver (2006) will have accomplished the feat at a younger age.
|New York's Brett Gardner gives the Yankees a 5-0 lead with a two-run homer off Roberto Hernandez during the fourth. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF||4||1||1||2||1||1||3||.254|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||2||0||1||1||2||0||0||.291|
|Vernon Wells, LF||5||0||0||0||0||0||8||.278|
|Travis Hafner, DH||4||1||1||0||1||2||0||.270|
|Curtis Granderson, RF||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.238|
|David Adams, 3B||5||2||2||0||0||0||0||.323|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||5||2||2||2||0||1||0||.255|
|Jayson Nix, SS||4||1||2||2||1||1||0||.231|
|Chris Stewart, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.278|
|2B - Travis Hafner (5, R. Hernandez), Lyle Overbay (11, R. Hernandez)|
|3B - Jayson Nix (1, Wright)|
|HR - Brett Gardner (4, R. Hernandez)|
|RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (18), Robinson Cano (34), Lyle Overbay 2 (27), Jayson Nix 2 (11), Chris Stewart (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (12), Robinson Cano (19)|
|SB - Jayson Nix (3, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Lobaton)|
|CS - Vernon Wells (2, 3rd base by Wright/Lobaton)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|New York Yankees|
|David Phelps (W,3-2)||7.2||6||4||4||0||3||0||3.96|
|Pitches-Strikes - David Phelps 98-63, Boone Logan 4-4, Shawn Kelley 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 3-17, Shawn Kelley 2-1|
|Batters Faced - David Phelps 29, Boone Logan 1, Shawn Kelley 4|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Joyce, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.252|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.251|
|Luke Scott, DH||3||0||0||1||0||1||1||.276|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.328|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.347|
|Kelly Johnson, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Sam Fuld, CF||3||0||0||1||0||2||2||.169|
|Jose Lobaton, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.214|
|2B - Matt Joyce (6, Phelps), James Loney (13, Phelps)|
|3B - Kelly Johnson (2, Phelps)|
|SF - Luke Scott (3), Sam Fuld (1)|
|RBI - Matt Joyce (20), Ben Zobrist (29), Luke Scott (15), Sam Fuld (3)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Roberto Hernandez (L,2-5)||4||6||5||5||3||3||1||5.73|
|IBB - Cano by Roberto Hernandez|
|HBP - Granderson (by Cesar Ramos), Cano (by Cesar Ramos)|
|WP - Jamey Wright (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 84-46, Cesar Ramos 31-20, Jamey Wright 45-26, Kyle Farnsworth 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 5-4, Cesar Ramos 1-1, Jamey Wright 4-2, Kyle Farnsworth 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 21, Cesar Ramos 9, Jamey Wright 11, Kyle Farnsworth 3|
|Attendance - 17825|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - James Hoye|