Posts Tagged ‘Francisco Cervelli’

The Pitching:

Phil Hughes wasn’t the same pitcher we saw in previous starts this year. He was striking to strike every hitter out, wasn’t able to finish off hitters and ran up his pitch count pretty quickly. Phil’s pitching line was: 5.0IP 6H 5R 5ER 1BB 3K (104 Pitches, 74 for Strikes). Boone Logan came on in relief, allowing a run on two hits. Chan Ho Park was handed the ball in the 7th inning, and made a diarrhea all over the mound. He might as well have done that, because he was horrible. Park gave up three runs on four hits (two home runs). His ERA now stands at 8.10. Damaso Marte entered the game in the 8th inning, and wound up tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. Vazquez came out of the bullpen and recorded the last out of the 9th. Javy picked up the win, improving his record to (W, 2-4).

The Offense:

Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 on the game, and picked up three runs. Mark Teixeira went 1-for-4, and collected a run and an RBI. Cervelli had another big night, going 2-for-4, collecting 3 runs and an RBI. A-Rod went 2-for-5 tonight, picking up 2 runs and 4RBI’s. He smoked a home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game up. Marcus Thames went 2-for-4 on the game, with a run and 4RBI’s (Home Run, Double). He hit a two-run walk off home run to win the game.

Final Score: Yankees 11, Red Sox 9

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The Pitching:

A.J. Burnett wasn’t very sharp last night, but he got the job done. He ran into a jam in the 2nd inning, with the bases loaded and no outs, and went virtually unscathed by giving up only one run. It could’ve been a lot worse. Burnett pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs (2ER) on 7 hits. His final pitching line was: 6.2IP 7H 3R 2ER 4BB 4K (100 Pitches, 50 for Strikes).

Damaso Marte came on in relief, and gave up a run instantly, which took the win away from Burnett. He is the “lefty specialist” on this team, and he couldn’t get the lefty hitters out. Marte wound up recording the last out of the inning, but it stinks that Burnett couldn’t get the win after battling through the game.

Joba Chamberlain entered the game in the 8th inning, and he struck out the side. He picked up the win, moving his record to (W, 1-1) on the season. This guy is really starting to look like the Joba of old. Mariano Rivera came on in the 9th inning, even though it wasn’t a save situation and he closed the door, maintaining his 0.00ERA.

The Offense:

A-Rod was easily the offensive player of the game. He launched a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th inning off Matt Guerrier to put the Yankees up 7-4. It was hit 587th HR of his career, giving him sole possession of 7th place on the all-time list.

Brett Gardner went 2-for-5, picking up two runs and an RBI. Gardy launched a home run (2nd of the season) off of Scott Baker in the bottom of the 4th inning. Mark Teixeira went 2-for-3, and collected two runs and an RBI. Francisco Cervelli continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 on the game, collecting a run and an RBI. He hit a triple (2nd of the season)  in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Final Score: Yankees 8, Twins 4

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Well, with another Boston series over, the Yankees head to Detroit and remain hot as they have won 5 of their last 6. The Yankees are 11-7 on the road this season while Detroit is 9-3 at home. Looks like this 4 game series could get split right down the middle or swing in the Tigers favor if the Yankees aren’t careful enough.

The Good

Jorge who? I’m sorry, I totally forgot about Jorge the way Francisco Cervelli is playing. Over the last week Francisco is hitting to a .474 batting average and drove in 6 runs during the time he filled in for Posada.

While overall Teixeira didn’t have a great week as he hit .250, he did have a monster game against the Red Sox on May 8th. Overall, Mark went 4-6 with 3 long balls (one against a position player) and drove in 5 runs in the 14-3 flogging of the Red Sox.

The Bad

Injuries, Injuries, Injuries. This week Robinson Cano had a scare where we thought he might be out for a prolonged period of time and Al Aceves left the game on Saturday after his back flared up. He is going to miss a few days, but it is a loss you don’t want to have. Hopefully, the Yankees won’t need to call on the long relievers anytime soon. (more…)

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C.C. Sabathia wasn’t very sharp yesterday, but he pitched well enough to get the win. Unfortunately, he was one pitch away from putting himself in line for the win, when the umpires decided to stop the game due to the heavy rain. His pitching line was: 4.2IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 4K (89 Pitches, 52 for Strikes). Alfredo Aceves wound up with the win, improving his record to (W, 3-0) on the season.

As for the offense…

Mark Teixeira had a career day, by hitting three home runs off Red Sox pitching. Tex already has more hits than he had in all of April, so he’s really heating up now. He was 4-for-6 on the game, picking up 3 runs and 5RBI’s. Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-5, and knocked in 5RBI’s. Nick Swisher went 2-for-4, picking up 2 runs and 3RBI’s.

New York Yankees
D Jeter SS 5 2 2 0 1 0 22 .304 .343 .464
B Gardner CF 5 1 2 0 0 1 24 .348 .431 .427
M Teixeira 1B 6 3 4 5 0 0 12 .207 .343 .396
A Rodriguez 3B 2 3 2 1 3 0 27 .276 .373 .438
K Russo 2B
1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
R Cano DH 5 2 1 0 1 1 16 .348 .400 .661
N Swisher RF 4 2 2 3 1 1 19 .298 .381 .558
R Winn LF 3 0 0 0 2 1 27 .192 .250 .308
F Cervelli C 4 0 3 5 1 0 15 .429 .500 .500
R Pena 2B-3B 4 1 1 0 1 0 22 .136 .167 .182
Totals 39 14 17 14 10 4 186      
2B: R Pena (1, C Buchholz); D Jeter (6, J Van Every)
HR: M Teixeira 3 (5, 5th inning off C Buchholz 0 on, 1 Out; 7th inning off R Ramirez 0 on, 0 Out; 9th inning off J Van Every 1 on, 1 Out)
RBI: M Teixeira 5 (20), A Rodriguez (19), F Cervelli 5 (12), N Swisher 3 (23)
S: B Gardner
2-out RBI: F Cervelli 4, N Swisher 2
GIDP: M Teixeira, R Cano, D Jeter
Yankees RISP: 8-18 (M Teixeira 2-3, D Jeter 0-1, F Cervelli 3-3, R Pena 0-3, B Gardner 0-1, A Rodriguez 1-1, R Cano 0-3, N Swisher 2-3)
Team LOB: 9
SB: A Rodriguez (2, 2nd base off S Schoeneweis/V Martinez); B Gardner (14, 2nd base off S Schoeneweis/V Martinez)
DP: 1 (D Jeter-R Pena-M Teixeira).
 New York Yankees
C Sabathia 4.2 4 3 3 2 4 2 89-52 3.04
A Aceves
(W, 3-0)
1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 19-15 3.00
B Logan
(H, 3)
0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2-2 2.08
D Robertson 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 14-8 12.91
J Chamberlain 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 21-10 2.63
D Marte 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 12-6 3.86
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 4 9 2 157-93  
HBP: D Pedroia (By C Sabathia)
First-pitch strikes/Batters faced: C Sabathia 13/20; A Aceves 5/5; B Logan 0/1; D Robertson 2/3; J Chamberlain 3/5; D Marte 2/5
Called strikes-Swinging strikes-Foul balls-In Play strikes: C Sabathia 21-6-13-12; A Aceves 5-1-6-3; B Logan 0-1-1-0; D Robertson 3-2-1-2; J Chamberlain 5-1-1-3; D Marte 2-1-0-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls: C Sabathia 3-7; A Aceves 1-1; B Logan 0-0; D Robertson 0-0; J Chamberlain 0-3; D Marte 2-1
Game Scores: C Sabathia 46



Final Score: Yankees 14, Red Sox 3

(Box Scores Courtesy of ESPN.com)

   The Boston Red Sox Grounds


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  (L To R) Boone Logan #48, Francisco Cervelli #29, Derek Jeter #2, And Ramiro Pena #19 Of The New York Yankees High

The Pitching:

Phil Hughes continued his great start to season this year, improving to 4-0 with another solid performance. His pitching line was: (W, 4-0) 7.0IP 7H 2R 2ER 1BB 7K (101 Pitches, 70 for Strikes).

David Robertson came on in the 8th, and gave up a run on two walks and a base hit. His ERA now stands at 13.50. Even with Mariano Rivera available, the Yanks didn’t need him with a 7-run lead. Instead, Boone Logan closed out the game in the 9th inning, throwing up a scoreless frame.

The Offense:

Nick Swisher is the hottest player on the team now, and he didn’t stop last night. He only got one hit, but it was a big one. He jacked a 3-run home run in the 4th inning to put the Yankees up 3-0. Marcus Thames went 1-for-2, and drove in two runs. A-Rod went 2-for-4 on the game, collecting two runs and knocked in an RBI. Randy Winn went 2-for-4, picking up two runs and an RBI. Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3, collecting a run and an RBI.

In the process, two Yankees were lost due to injury. Cano was drilled with a 92-mph fastball off his left knee, and Johnson left the game with a wrist injury.

Final Score: Yankees 10, Red Sox 3 (more…)

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The Pitching:

It seems as if A.J. Burnett is turning a point in his Yankee career. The guy isn’t walking the ballpark anymore, and he looks completely dominant so far this season.

Burnett hurled 7 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on 5 hits. His final pitching line was: (W, 4-0) 7.1IP 5H 1R 0ER 2BB 8K (107 Pitches, 68 for Strikes). Damaso Marte and Alfredo Aceves both came on in relief, each recording an out to finish up the 8th inning. With Mariano Rivera still out, Joba Chamberlain had to nail down the save. Joba posted up a scoreless frame, striking out two batters in the process to record the save (S,2). 

The Offense:

Francisco Cervelli has done a fantastic job filling in for Jorge Posada in the lineup. He went 3-for-3, and collected two runs on the game. Brett Gardner went 1-for-3, picking up 2 runs, a walk and a stolen base (SB, 12). Robbie Cano went 2-for-4

Swisher, Teixeira and A-Rod went a joint 0-for-9. Alex did pick up an RBI when he was walked (with the bases loaded), forcing a runner to cross the plate.

Final Score: Yankees 4, Orioles 1


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The Pitching:

C.C. Sabathia gave up more hits today (11) than in his last three starts combined. With that said, that doesn’t mean he didn’t pitch well today. Sabathia’s line: (W, 3-1) 7.2IP 11H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K (111 Pitches, 72 for Strikes). Joba Chamberlain came on in relief, and recorded the last out of the inning with no problems at all. Sergio Mitre came on in the 9th, and posted up a scoreless frame to put the nail in the coffin.

The Offense:

  • The Yankees had a season-high 15 hits on the game.
  • Jorge Posada left the game with a right knee contusion (in the 2nd inning) after being hit by a Guthrie fastball. He’s been listed as day-to-day. No further tests are in the works yet, but that could change if Posada doesn’t feel so good tomorrow morning.

Derek Jeter went 2-for-4, picking up a run and 2RBI. Nick Johnson went 1-for-4, collecting a walk and 2 runs. A-Rod went hitless, but picked up a sac fly. Nick Swisher went 3-for-5 on the game (Triple, 2 Singles), collecting  2 runs and 2RBI’s. It looks like Curtis Granderson is breaking out of his slump, as he went 2-for-5 on the game and picked up a run. Cervelli and Gardner both went 2-for-4 on the game.

The hottest player on the team would have to be Robbie Cano. He’s been a hit machine thus far. Cano went 2-for-5 on the game, picking up a run and knocked in an RBI. Cano is now hitting .500 (14-28) during his 7-game hit streak. He’s raised his average from .327 to .390 over that span.

Tomorrow night, the Yankees will play the final game (the rubber game) of this series. They will send RHP A.J. Burnett to the mound. He’ll be opposed by LHP Brian Matusz. (more…)

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The 2010 New York Yankees have sprinted out of the gate, and have completely bulldozed over every team in sight. With the win yesterday, the Yankees now own a record of (W-L, 12-5). The Bombers had never won four series to start a season in 84 years until last Saturday. They have now taken five consecutive series from their opponents, and a win today against the Angels would make it six consecutive.

The team overall ranks at the top of the league in several offensive and pitching categories. Not only that, but the team did not commit an error in 12 straight games, the longest April errorless streak in franchise history. Over the years, you never really heard anyone talk about how good the defense on the team was. I guess things change when you add a guy like Teixeira..with the likes of Gardner, Granderson and Cervelli.


  • Robinson Cano ranks 5th in AL Batting AVG (.369)
  • Andy Pettitte ranks 1st in AL Wins (3) and ERA (1.29)
  • Mariano Rivera ranks 1st in AL Saves (6) [along with a 0.00ERA and a 0.57 WHIP]
  • Andy had his best April ERA ever at 1.29
  • Jeter had a .380AVG through his first 50 at-bats, which was his highest since 1999
  • We’ve seen two near no-hitters by C.C. Sabathia & Phil Hughes
  • 4/5 Pitchers on the Yankees staff own a ERA of 3.20 or below (Vazquez owns a 8.27ERA)

The team has faced some of the toughest competition in the league, including the Red Sox, Angels and Rays and have prevailed. Andy is acting like this team’s ace, Teixeira and Nick Johnson have yet to hit the ball, and Vazquez will only improve. With A-Rod being healthy this season, Teixeira and Alex will play a full season together, hitting back-to-back in the lineup.

The 1998 New York Yankees owned a (W-L) record of 14-5 (19 games) on April 25th, 1998. That team finished with a franchise record regular-season standing of 114-48, and was dubbed ‘the best team ever’. The 2010 New York Yankees own a record of 12-5 (17 games), and they have yet to play today’s game. Questions will arise about how good this year’s team could be. The possibilities are endless, and I believe the best is yet to come. Nobody is saying flat-out that this team is better, because that just wouldn’t be fair. From the looks of it though, this team could get better than it already is and that’s a scary thought.


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The Pitching:

Andy Pettitte was nothing short of sensational today, going eight strong innings, allowing only one run and struck out 8 batters. The guy has posted his best start to a season in his career, and he’s 37 years-old. Could this be one of those magical seasons, like the one Mike Mussina had in 2008?

Andy’s pitching line was: (W, 3-0) 8.0IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 8K (114 Pitches, 75 for Strikes). The thing that stands out the most is that he didn’t throw any walks. His ERA this season is an astounding 1.29. Damaso Marte pitched in the 9th inning, posting up a scoreless frame to close out the game.

The Offense:

Robbie Cano went 3-for-5, picking up 3 runs and plated one runner. Brett Gardner brought his average up to .340, as he went 3-for-5 on the game and picked up 2 runs. He also stole his 9th base of the season. Nick Swisher went 2-for-4 and knocked in 2RBI’s. Cervelli went 1-for-3 and knocked in an RBI. Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 and collected an RBI. (more…)

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  CC Sabathia #52 Of The New York Yankees Delivers

The Pitching: 

C.C. Sabathia was coming off his no-hit bid, and he posted up another stellar performance tonight. He went 6 innings, allowed only one run and struck out 9. His pitching line was: (W, 2-0) 6IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 9K (73 Pitches, 58 for Strikes). His control was great and was in the strike zone all night. Could this be a Cy Young year for the big guy?

The Offense: 

Derek Jeter went 2-for-4, with a run and an RBI. Marcus Thames went 2-for-3 on the game (hitting .500 thus far). Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3, and knocked in one RBI. Brett Gardner pinch ran for Macus Thames in the bottom of the 6th inning. Gardner wound up stealing second base (SB, 4), and scored on a single by Derek Jeter, which was deflected by pitcher C.J. Wilson.

Final Score: Yankees 5, Rangers 1

The ball club’s record improves to (W-L, 7-3) on the season with this victory. Tomorrow, the Yankees will host the Rangers in the Bronx again. The game is slated to start at 1:05PM ET. The pitching matchup will be RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP A.J. Burnett. The game will be televised on YES.

  The Grounds Crew Roll Out The Tarp


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Yesterday, I skipped school to go to my very first home opener at Yankee Stadium. Here is a rundown of how it went:

I woke up early in the morning to head down to the stadium so I wouldn’t miss any of the festivities. I got there before the gates opened and had a chance to walk around. While walking past Gate 4, I noticed Chris Shearn recording one of his pre-game segments for the YES Network. After he was done, I introduced myself, took a photo with him and spoke for a couple of minutes. He’s a really nice guy. Than I waited on line for the gates to open.

The Pre-Game:

Got in a few minutes after the gates opened, and I went directly to Monument Park. I wanted to take pictures with some of the monuments that I didn’t get a chance to take the first time around. I walked around the ballpark after that and saw Harlan Chamberlain, but I didn’t get a chance to meet him. He was kind of busy talking to some people, so I moved on. I also noticed Mark Feinsand of the Daily News near the press elevator, but he too was busy talking to someone..so I didn’t bother. The halls of the stadium were jam-packed and the atmosphere was terrific. Stopped off at Nathan’s for some food and went up to my seats for the ceremony.

The Food & Merchandise:

Before the game: Nathan’s Hot Dog and Fries Middle of the 5th inning: Johnny Rocket’s Double Burger, Souvenir Yankees Cup (Pepsi). I also bought a 2010 NY Yankees Yearbook, Media Guide and home opener program.


I was very pleased with the way the ring ceremony was done. Watching Yogi and Whitey hand out the rings to the players was a pretty cool moment. The player introductions were great, and it was really nice to see Gene Monahan and Hideki Matsui return. All the players in the dugout gave Geno a standing ovation, and it was very emotional moment for him. The Yankees also put The Boss on the centerfield scoreboard during the ceremony, and the Yankees gave him a nice ovation as well. Matsui got the biggest ovation of them all, and he certainly deserved it.

The championship flags for each of the Yankees’ 27 WS titles, the giant unfurled American flag in the outfield, and the “Fighting Omars” fly over were really a sight to see. Kristen Chenoweth (National Anthem) and Mary May Messenger (“God Bless America”) did a fine job with their performances. Bernie Williams bounced the ceremonial first pitch, but I was still happy to see him there.

The Game:

I sat in Section: 329 Row: 2 Seat (Terrace ††). The view from my seat was pretty good.

  • The Bleacher Creatures did their first roll call of the season, and everyone was watching to see how Curtis Granderson would salute them.
  • I give major props to Andy Pettitte for stepping off the mound when Matsui came up to the plate, so the fans could give him his due.
  • Nick Johnson was stepping up to the plate to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” song, because his little daughter was in the building. A lot of the fans around me were making fun of him, and I thought that was interesting. He shut them all up when he went yard in the 1st inning.

Andy Pettitte pitched a hell of a game, throwing six shutout innings while striking out 6 batters.. There is no other guy on the team that I would’ve rather had starting that game than him.

Interestingly enough, many fans started to head for the exit when the Yankees took a 7-1 lead heading into the 9th. I stayed for the last out, as I always do. I kind of got that feeling that something was going to happen, and that the home opener wouldn’t be complete without The Sandman. I was right about that. David Robertson gave up a grand slam to Bobby Abreu, and the Angels trailed by only two runs. When Mo came in, you pretty much knew the game was over and there was nothing to worry about. Mariano did what he does best and nailed down the 2-out save for the victory. Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it – New York, New York…

The Press Gate:

After the game was over, my friend and I walked over to the press gate in the back of the stadium. I wasn’t actually prepared to get autographs this time around, so I was just looking to take some photos with anyone I met. Next time, I’ll be sure to bring a ball and a pen.

We waited for the players, front office staff, broadcasters and celebrities to walk out. Who did we miss? Mayor Bloomberg, Jay-Z, John Sterling, Michael Kay and Suzyn Waldman. I stayed there for about an hour, and we saw pretty much all of the Yankee players roll out in their cars. Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, Phil Hughes, Tony Pena, Fransisco Cervelli, and many other strolled out of the gate in their cars. You couldn’t identify many of them because of the tinted windows on their cars. Hal Steinbrenner walked out of the Yankees offices, signed some autographs for the fans and was on his way. The rest of the Steinbrenner clan followed (including Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal).

Nick Johnson also showed up with his family. His little daughter stood right next to him, as he signed autographs and took some quick photos with the fans. I got a chance to meet and take a photo with Randy Levine, Bob Lorenz, and Kim Jones. They were all glad to take a photo with me. Bob took the time to chat with me, and I really appreciated that. We spoke about the game, twitter, and our respective blogs. Unfortunately, my photo with Mr. Levine came out terrible so I had to delete it. Haha

Torii Hunter came out of the gate and signed autographs and posed for a photograph with anyone who wanted one. I don’t think he said no to one fan. He was doing this all for Yankee fans, so I thought that was pretty cool. You don’t see that out of many all-star caliber ball players these days. Ervin Santana, Eric Aybar, Bobby Abreu and Richard Gere (donning a Yankees cap) all walked out as well. I tried to get Gere’s attention by yelling out his name, but he didn’t want to be bothered and that’s fine with me. No hard feelings.

All in all, it was a great day.


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The Pitching:

C.C. Sabathia flat-out dominated the Tampa Bay Rays. Early on, you could tell that he had good stuff in the tank. As the game progressed, many fans noticed that C.C. had yet to allow a hit, and the perfect game/no-hitter talk began to grow. Sabathia tossed his first walk in the bottom of the 5th inning to Evan Longoria, which closed the door on a possible perfect game. That didn’t slow the hefty lefty down. During the game, I asked myself the question: If Sabathia completes the no-no…would he be able to jump into Cervelli’s arms? I don’t think Francisco would’ve been able to carry Sabathia, and we may have had a few injuries to worry about. Haha.

He had the no-hitter going for 7 2/3 innings, and then Kelly Shoppach hit a line drive single to left field to end it. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez made some terrific diving plays during the game, which made it seem like the no-hitter was destined to happen. Sabathia got a well-deserved standing ovation from the crowd (which was filled with a lot of Yankees fans). His pitching line was: (W, 1-0) 7.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 2BB 5K. (111 Pitches-69 for Strikes) To put it simply, he pitched a hell of a game.

Joe Girardi pulled Sabathia after he gave up the hit, which was definitely the right thing to do, considering he had thrown 111 pitches. It isn’t smart to make a guy throw that many pitches this early in the season. David Robertson entered the game, and the first thing he did was balk, which allowed Shoppach to advance to 2nd base. He recorded the last out of the inning with ease, and wound up pitching a scoreless frame in the 9th inning to finish up the game

The Offense:.

The Yankees offense was rolling on all cylinders today. They knocked in 10 runs on 14 hits. Robinson Cano hit a tw0-run home run in the 4th inning off of Wade Davis to put the Yankees ahead 2-0. He went 2-for-5 on the game, and collected a run and 3RBI’s.  Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double to right field in the fifth inning, which was his first hit of the season. He went on to go 3-for-4, picking up two runs and an RBI.

Curtis Granderson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base (S, 2). Brett Gardner went 2-for-4, 2 Runs, 2RBI and a stolen base (S, 3). Francisco Cervelli went 1-for-3, and batted in two  runs.

Final Score: Yankees 10, Rays 0 (more…)

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