Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Yankees at Rays the rubber game

The New York Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 on YES tonight. The teams split the first 2 games and this game is for the series. Joba Chamberlain will go up against Matt Garza in a battle of right handed hard throwers. Here is the pregame notes and lineups via Peter Abraham. Joba has allowed 2 runs in his last 13 2/3 innings since the break while striking out 14. He has a 1.88 career era against Tampa, of course 7 of his 8 appearances were out of the bullpen. A-rod has gone 31 at bats without a homerun, he needs one more to tie Harmon Killebrew on the all time list. The Yankees have a major league most 6 players with at least 15 homeruns. They are Cano, Damon, Matsui, A-rod, Swisher and Big Tex. Elias says the Yankee are only the second team in Major league history to have 6 players accomplish this before 100 games were played joining the 2005 Rangers who had 7 players do it. Johnny Damon with his 200th homerun on Tuesday became one of 14 players all time with at least 200 homeruns, 300 steals and 2,000 hits. The only other active player is Bobby Abreu. Rickey Henderson, Willy Mays, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan and Ryne Sanberg are others on the list. Yankees lineup: Jeter(SS) Damon(LF) Tex(1B) A-rod(3B) Matsui(DH) Posada(C) Cano(2B) Swisher(RF) Cabrera(CF) Rays lineup: Upton(CF) Crawford(LF) Longoria(3B) Zobrist(2B) Pena(1B) Burrell(DH) Gross(RF) Navarro(C) Bartlett(SS)

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