Game 138: Rays @ Yankees (Game 1), 9/7/09–Yanks Win 4-1

Below, as per Pete Abraham, are the lineups for today’s Game 1 of the Labor Day double-header.  Brett the Jet makes his welcome return to the lineup, playing center and moving Melky over to left.  Swish bats second.  The Yanks go with a strong lineup for the first game of two today, looking to start off well against Garza.  Hopefully Sabathia can give 7+ strong, as has been his wont especially since the break, to spare the bullpen.  Jeter needs three hits to tie, and four to break, Lou Gehrig’s record for most hits by a Yankee.  Get the long home stand off to a strong start, guys.  Happy Labor Day (though I consider May Day the first, true Labor Day).  Enjoy the game, everyone.

YANKEES (87-50)
Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Hinske DH
Cabrera LF
Gardner CF

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.48).

RAYS (72-64)
Bartlett SS
Crawford LF
Zobrist 2B
Pena 1B
Burrell DH
Longoria 3B
Kapler RF
Navarro C
Perez CF

Pitching: RHP Matt Garza (7-9, 4.01).

C.C. off to a strong start, fanning Crawford and, after a lengthy delay to examine his finger that C.C. hit on a check swing strike, Pena to end the top of the first.  Time for Jeter to get the first of four hits to break the great Lou Gehrig’s record for career hits for the Yankees.

Well, it will start next time.  Jeter out on an F9.  Teixeira got on first after Bartlett’s two-out error and, after A-Rod skulled a foul homer well into the second deck in left, he drilled a fastball low and in to deep left over Crawford’s head, 1-0 Yankees.  Great delivery, A-Rod, 79 RBI for him.

Sabathia allowed a solo shot to Longoria in the second, 1-1. C.C. at just 26 pitches.  C.C. is working efficiently, throwing just 41 through 3, tied at one heading to the bottom of the third.  Gardner, Jeter, Swish.

Gardner’s first at-bat is a ground out, but still good to see him back.  Jeter out on a 6-3, two down.  Swish caught looking, ending the 3rd. Garza is at 51 pitches.  Easy 1-2-3 for C.C. in the top of the fourth, C.C. is at just 53 pitches.

Teixeira popped out, A-Rod looped a single to right center, Cano made out on an F7, two down.  Posada grounds into a 4-3, three outs. A pitchers’ duel has formed through four, with the Yanks mustering just two hits off Garza, and the Rays but one off C.C.  Garza is at 62 pitches.

C.C. fanned Kapler to start the fifth.  Navarro singled–and only seems to against the Yanks.  Gardner made a tremendous diving catch in right center, two down and Gardner is getting an ovation not just from the fans, but from the Yanks’ bullpen.  Well deserved. But C.c. was ahead 1-2 to Bartlett, then walked him, then went full to Crawford before fanning him for the second time.  Sabathia had to throw 27 in that inning/78 through 5.  The bottom of the order needs to generate some runs.

Hinske got called out on strikes on a bad call, clearly outside, one down.  Melky worked a one-out walk and went to second on Gardner’s ground out, but Jeter caught looking on a fastball inside ended the fifth.  Garza is at 79 pitches.  Boston and Chicago are tied at one.

C.C. fanned Zobrist on a fastball up and in, one down.  Aybar singled to right.  But C.C. worked out of trouble, fanning Kapler after intentionally walking Longoria.  102 pitches for the Big Guy, though, 49 in the last two.  Swish ripped a hanging change for a lead-off single.  Garza getting all the calls now, a 2-0 strike to Teixeira that was clearly outside, now 3-2 and Teixeira caught looking on a curve right over the plate, one down for A-Rod, who dunked a single to center, first and second for Cano, who needs to deliver.  A-Rod is now 3-3 today, batting .282 and looking better every day.  Cano grounded into a 6-4 force, two down for Posada, who was ahead 3-0, should have walked on the fourth which was wrongly called a strike, then laced one to deep right but for an out.

Sabathia had a 1-2-3 with two K’s, probably the end of his day which, if so, was terrific yet again–7 IP, 3 hits, 4 walks, a run earned, and 10 K on 118 pitches/71 strikes.  Jeter is 0-4 now after the inning-ending 5-3.  The team is 0-6 with RISP, stranding 6.

Hughes is in for the eighth, and walked Crawford; that’s trouble.  But a perfectly timed pitch out nailed him!  That got him on the leg before his leg touched the bag.  Zobrist grounded out, 2 down.  Aybar popped out to third, foul territory, for the third out.  How about a run from the heart of the order in the eighth, then Mariano in the ninth?  I know, a but to ask but, with the double-header, a crucial request.

Swish started with a lead-off walk off side-winding Cormier.  Teixeira singled him to third, then took second wisely on the throw.  A-Rod got the IBB, and Cano drove the ball to center, sac fly, 2-1 Yanks.  Jorge delivered with a single to deep right, 3-1 Yanks, first and third for Hinske, still one out.  Sac fly to right for Hinske, A-Rod scores, 4-1 Yanks.  Ask, and ye shall receive.

Mariano now.  He got squeezed to walk Burrell, then fanned two including Iwamura to end it, 4-1 Yanks, 39th save for Mariano, 521st of his incomparable career.  A-Rod was 3-3 and is hitting .282. He had an RBI single, his 79th RBI, and Jorge his 72nd. Cano and Hinske had sac fly RBIs, 76 RBI for Cano and 24 for Hinske this year.  Excellent pitching all around with some clutch hitting won it, as the Yanks wore down Tampa Bay.

Boston lost to Chicago, pushing down the Yanks’ magic number to clinch the East to 17 with 24 to play.  A.J. needs to give 7+ strong, just as C.C. did.

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