Game 139: Rays @ Yankees (Game 2), 9/7/09–Yanks Destroy Sonnanstine, Rays 11-1

Below as per Pete Abraham, are the lineups for the second half of the Labor Day double-header. A-Rod sits for Hairston, Posada sits for Molina, who gets paired with A.J. Hopefully Burnett can go a strong 7 to alleviate taxing the bullpen, and to get himself back on track for October. After beating Tampa Bay 4-1 in the first game of the double-header, and Boston’s loss to Chicago, the Yanks reduced their magic number to 17 to clinch the East, 8 1/2 on Boston. After the Angels lost, the Yanks now sit 6 1/2 ahead for home field. Keep shifting gears and cap off the day with another win, guys. Enjoy the game, everyone.

YANKEES (88-50)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Hairston 3B
Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-8, 4.29).

RAYS (72-65)
Iwamura 2B
Gross RF
Longoria 3B
Burrell DH
Aybar 1B
Zaun C
Upton CF
Brignac SS
Perez LF

Pitching: RHP Andy Sonnanstine (6-8, 6.62).

A brief recap: A.J. allowed a run on back-to-back doubles in the first, then settled in as the offense exploded for eight in the third, then scored three more in the sixth to pound the Rays 11-1. A.J. earned his 11th win, and the blowout allowed the Yanks to rest much of the bullpen. Jeter was the only starter not to get a hit, still sitting three behind Gehrig on the team’s all-time hit list. Everyone else, however, was all over the ball. Teixeira homered twice, giving him 35 this year, and added his 37th double, with 4 RBI giving him a robust 106. Melky was 3-4 with 2 RBI, his 58th, batting .281 and hitting 16 for his last 39. Molina was 3-3. Hairston was 2-4. Matsui was 2-3 with 2 walks. Matsui was 1-2 with 2 walks. Cano was 1-3, and JD 1-6. The key was hitting with RISP, with the Yanks cashing in on ample opportunities that included working 9 walks to pound Sonnanstine and company 9-19 with RISP. All this while resting Posada and A-Rod.

Quite simply, once they started hitting Sonnanstine in the third, there was no letup. Edwar, Alby, and Dunn mopped up, with the latter issuing a couple walks but coming back to fan the last two, looking better than his short stint in Toronto.

The Yanks are now a season-high 39 games over .500, and have reduced the magic number for the East to 16. They are 9 games ahead of Boston (8 in the loss column), and 6 1/2 ahead of the Angels (5 in the loss column). Sitting pretty with 23 games to play. The Yanks go for the series win tomorrow night, with Gaudin (5-10, 4.98 ERA) facing Price (7-7, 4.75 ERA).

Thanks to Nick and Mike for stopping by to chinwag.

Published in: on September 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm  Comments (15)  

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  1. …and I can’t believe boneheads on other blogs complaining that A-Rod has the 2nd game off.


  2. I haven’t seen that, Mike, but I suspect where…

    Unreal is right. The Yanks are up big on both Boston and the Angels for the East and home field, respectively. A-Rod has played great with some occasional rest lately. He had hip surgery that caused him to miss six weeks. But complain that the Yanks sit him. There is no pleasing some people.

    I have had my complaints with Girardi, but he has done an excellent job of managing bullpen work, and a better job of giving players some rest with this lead, especially A-Rod. Whoever is complaining about A-Rod sitting should look at his numbers when he played for, what, 36 straight games earlier this season.

  3. Ah, yes I see where Mike, and thankfully several people firmly responded to it. Goodness, why not just burn everybody out? Why not make Burnett go 9 tonight?

  4. AJ gave one up in the first but the Yanks have responded with five (so far) in the 3rd…the big blow being Teix’s 34th HR. RBIs now at 105. (leads league).

  5. Eight in the 3rd.

  6. Jeter not having a great day is he.

  7. Tex on the over hand brilliant

  8. Nope. Gehrig can rest easy. Jeter may say one thing, but it seems like he may be pressing for that record? Who knows.

    But 2 HR for Teix. 35 HR, 106 RBI. Leads AL in RBI and although you hate for Teix to win it this way, he may get the HR title too since Carlos Pena is out for the year…Pena wound up with 39 (and a .227 average).

    In 1982, Dave Kingman hit 37 HR to lead the NL. He hit .204. The CYA winner, Steve Carlton, hit .218.

  9. other hand I mean. I cant type.

    11 – 1 Yanks

  10. …and they remove Jeter. No hits today.

  11. I’d pull AJ now, too. Let Edwar or Melancon finish. Or even Marte or Coke to get them some work.

  12. Yuor right on both counts Mike AJ pulled and Edwar

  13. Sorry I missed the in-game discussion but I was down at the ESPN Zone in Times Square. If the Yankees go 11-12 the rest of the way they will reach 100 wins. The magic number for the AL East is 16 and home field is 19 (I think). It is imperative that they play well through the West Coast Swing next week. That should allow them to clinch the AL East and end the chase for home field advantage. I ALSO WANT A @#(*)$ING SERIES VICTORY AGAINST THE DEVILS IN ORANGE COUNTY!

  14. Awesome two games. I’m glad AJ is working his way back to normal. CC was good as always, of course. It’s unfortunate about Pena… I really feel bad for him and the Rays. It seems their season is nearly lost after a Cinderella trip last season. Such a shame… oh well. Hopefully Gaudin gets the run support he so desperately needs tonight, and we get another win!

  15. Could very well be a “postseason audition” for Gaudin this evening.

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