Game 162: Yankees at Rays

September 28, 2011 – Tropicana Field – 7:10 p.m. ET (YES/ESPN, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (97-64)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero C
Eduardo Nunez 2B

Dellin Betances RHP (0-0, 27.00)

RAYS (90-71)
Desmond Jennings LF
B.J. Upton CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
Johnny Damon DH
Ben Zobrist 2B
Casey Kotchman 1B
Kelly Shoppach C
Reid Brignac SS

David Price LHP (12-13, 3.35)

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play their final regular season game tonight at Tampa Bay…are concluding the season by playing 33 games over the final 32 days of the season from 8/28-9/28, playing on 30 of those days (have gone 19-13 thus far).

Are looking to avoid getting swept in a series of more than one game for just the third time in 2011 (also 5/13-15 and 6/7-9 vs. Boston), and just the second time ever by Tampa Bay (also 9/26-28/00 at Tropicana Field)…have not been swept in a multi-game series on the road since 9/10-12/10 at Texas.

THREE AND OUT: The Yankees are the only Major League team that has not lost more than three straight road games this season.

WRAPPING IT UP: The Yankees went 6-4 in the season’s final game over the last 10 years (2001-10), losing four of the last six such contests…have not ended a season on a losing streak of at least four games since 2000 (lost final seven contests).

LEAN LEFT: The Yankees are 35-16 (.686) vs. left-handed starters this season…have won seven of their last 10 and 21 of their last 29 games against lefty starters…are batting .282 (453-for-1,609) vs. LHP this season, fractionally the second-highest in the Majors behind Texas…have hit a Major League-most 67HR off LHP.

73 Comments

Biggest choke of the year. Hard to believe up 7-0 inthe 8th the Yankees could lose the game whoever they had on the field. It was shocking. They handed the wild card to the Rays. I think the Rays have it to go all the way and we might wish that we hadn’t let them sweep this series. Poor managing by Joe tonight I thought. Used his whole bull pen in the game and as the announcer said got “cute” in having AJ pitch one inning and using all his pitchers so he had nothing left but Proctor at the end. Hopefully this series won’t carry into the playoffs.

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Note to Joe Girardi: LEAVE SCOTT PROCTOR OFF THE POSTSEASON ROSTER,

Note to Brian Cashman: DO NOT RESIGN PROCTOR, HE’S DONE. YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED THIS LESSON FROM JAVY.

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See ya Allan and Bill!

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That’s all folks!

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Shucks! No baseball tomorrow!!!

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Shit! No baseball tomorrow!!!

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Crawford blew it!

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Orioles win!

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Orioles score!

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It’ll be all red in Philadelphia!

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Braves are eliminated!

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Phillies go ahead!

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Gameday says strike three!

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Final in Anaheim: Rangers 3 Angels 1.

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Verlander vs Sabathia Friday!

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Going to the bottom of the ninth, Texas 3 LAA 1.

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I think the Rays may win it in the 9th actually…

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You should hear these Rays announcers…you might think the Yanks had their A players in right now, nice comeback and they may even win it, but Girardi really don’t care even left Ayala in and took every starter out but Cano…Not once in this series have the Rays announcers said anything about the Yanks resting their starters…They are comical…Got to give the Rays credit for fighting back but the announcers are really poor…

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Final in Houston: Cardinals 8 Astros 0. The Braves must win to get a playoff!

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All of the Sox are crapping their pants!

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After eight at Houston: Cardinals 7 Astros 0.

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Phillies @ Braves goes to extras!

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Final in Detroit: Indians 4 Tigers 5.

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Phillies tie!

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Laird can pick it down at third, can’t he, made some nice plays the last few games..

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Martin pitching the 8th and arod the 9th…lol

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After six in Houston: Cardinals 7 Astros 0.

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Atlanta goes to the ninth up 3-2.

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Detroit back ahead!

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I agree Bill. I thought he was a quality pick-up this year because he wouldn’t hurt us in the field like Marcus Thames.

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Indians tie.

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At the end of seven: Indians 3 Tigers 4.

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Detroit moves ahead!

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RGK…I like andruw as a 4th outfielder…I did read where he has had a slight tear in his knee he has been dealing with all year…but hes done a good job, real good in the 2nd half…

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Phil…94 and 95 mph…hardest I seen him all year, curve was snapping also…hmmm

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After three in Houston: Cardinals 6 Astros 0.

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After six in Detroit: Indians 3 Tigers 3.

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There’s that Jones kid!

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After two in Houston: Cardinals 5 Astros 0.

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Tex wants 40 bombs..might have 2 more shots here…like to see him get it..when when the last time yanks had 2 40+ homer guys?…Mantle and Maris?

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Tigers tie in the sixth!

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Laffey found the biggest part of the park!

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After five in Detroit: Indians 3 Tigers 1.

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The Tex’s two step again!

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After one in Houston: Cardinals 5 Astros 0.

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Allan, I’ll leave the Sox updates to you!

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After four in Detroit: Indians 3 Tigers 1.

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After four in Atlanta: Phillies 1 Braves 3.

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Scutaro looks like he’s just won the lottery, all his Christmases just came in and the whole lot was delivered by Megan Fox wearing nothin but a bow & a smile – he can’t believe that worked!

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Sox tie on a balk!

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tied up on a balk in Baltimore

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Hey, atleast Betances finishes the season with an ERA in single digits!

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Cardinals have three on the board in the first!

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Let’s go Brandon!

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After three in Baltimore: Red Sox 1 Orioles 2.

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I think Bill has Sox fan friends too, including a son-in-law!

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Hardy homers for the Orioles!

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believe it or not my best friend for the limited baseball he actually knows was a Red Sox fan (although i doubt that’s still the case now – his football allegience is Man United, who notoriously hate Liverpool, John Henry’s plaything) – but i can’t bring myself to root for Boston! Problem is they’ve dug a hole for themselves and well, it’s just went a few inches deeper thanks to JJ Hardy!

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After three in Atlanta: Phillies 1 Braves 3.

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Kinda quiet in Tampa Bay!

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And Madden never said he was sorry!

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I have many Boston fans I count as friends, so I’m for the Sox! Besides I’ve never forgiven the Rays Elliot Johnson for breaking Cervelli’s wrist in the Spring of 2008!

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Red Sox nation just heaved a sigh of relief lead by Big Papi!

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I love the kids too, Bill.

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A Tex message!

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I’m on the Boston game tonight and honestly there’s not anyone in the Boston dugout who don’t look as if they’re feeling the pressure – they’ve just went 1-0 up through Pedroia’s single. It’s rare you’ll find me (outside Yankee games) want Lester to get bashed up but i’d rather see Tampa Bay go into October than Boston!

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After two in Atlanta: Phillies 1 Braves 1.

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Betances looked good that first inning, I like watching these young kids pitch…I was watching his secondary pitches, a few nice change ups and 2 strike outs on curves…worked out of trouble…I like that also, so far so good..we will see….control is what we are looking for and getting those jitters out of the way..

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After two no score in Baltimore.

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After one in Atlanta: Phillies 1 Braves 1.

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Gameday had three strikes.

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No score after one in Baltimore.

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Let’s go YANKEES!

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