CC Sabathia for the Yankees and James Shields for the Rays went head-to-head and matched pitch for pitch in this playoff atmosphere at Tropicana Field.
The Rays took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth off of David Robertson by using the stolen base and a tiebreaking RBI single just passed Robinson Cano by catcher Chris Gimenez. Cano would come up limping after the play and was seen in the clubhouse afterward with an ice pack on his hip. In the post game interview Cano wasn't sure if he would play tomorrow and will see how he feels over night.
Fernando Rodney recorded his 41st save of the season in relief of Shields who went eight innings and gave up three runs on five hits striking out five and walking three to garner his 13th win.
Sabathia went seven innings and gave up three runs on eight hits he struck out four and walked three in the no-decision. Once the Yankees had the 3-2 lead it was up to Sabathia, as the ace of the staff, to keep the Rays in check, but the lead off walk in the fifth opened the door for Tampa Bay. At times Sabathia was off with his location which accounted for most of the damage.
New York fell into an early 2-0 hole with a RBI single by Gimenez in the second then an Upton solo shot in the third.
The Yankees scored all their runs in the fourth Cano started that inning with a double and Alex Rodriguez getting a soft single to center giving New York first and third with no outs. Eric Chavez hit a bullet sacrifice fly to left scoring Cano to cut the lead in half. Raul Ibanez would triple A-Rod home to tie the score at two. Russell Martin would hit a shot off of Shields and beat out a throw to first with a head first slide. Ibanez would score and give the Yankees the lead 3-2.
Sabathia took that lead into the bottom of the fifth when he would walk BJ Upton, who advanced to second on a Ben Zobrist single, steal third and come home with the tying run on a ground out by Evan Longoria.
The Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays today pulling the Orioles within one game of the Yankees.
Tomorrow's 7:10 p.m. start will feature pitchers Freddy Garcia for the Yankees and Alex Cobb for the Rays.
Alex Rodriguez tied Babe Ruth for 40th on the All-time hits list with 2,873 with a single in the fourth inning.
Mark Teixeira took batting practice today and says there are no setbacks with his calf. On Tuesday he will resume running and take some grounders. He anticipates being back for the next series against the Orioles.
Both Andy Pettitte (fractured left fibula) and Ivan Nova (right shoulder inflammation) are slated on Tuesday and Wednesday to face hitters.
General manager Brian Cashman has joined the team in Tampa.
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