NY Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 2

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:05 PM
Location - Yankee Stadium
Temperature - 74°
Umpires - Home Plate - Scott Barry, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Fieldin Culbreth, Third Base - John Hirschbeck,
Attendance - 42755

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
NY Yankees 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 7 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 85-69 42-33 43-36 L2
NY Yankees 94-60 49-27 45-33 W3

Recap


Robinson Cano delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees clinched a playoff spot with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday.

Cano's bullet to deep center off J.P. Howell put New York in the postseason for the 16th time in 17 years and gave the Yankees a chance to possibly clinch the AL East title with a win over the Rays coupled with a Boston loss Wednesday night.

With scheduled starter Phil Hughes scratched due to back spasms, New York used eight pitchers to deliver another blow to the wild-card hopes of Tampa Bay, which fell 2 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.

Luis Ayala (2-2) worked two-thirds of an inning for the win. Mariano Rivera converted his 15th consecutive save and 44th of the season to boost his major league career-leading total to 603.

Eduardo Nunez tied it at 2-2 in the eighth with a line-drive homer off James Shields that barely cleared the wall in left field. It was his fifth homer of the season and first since Aug. 7.

Shields (15-12) lost for the 11th time in 15 career decisions against the Yankees, giving up all four runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings.

New York spot starter Hector Noesi lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing both runs on Desmond Jennings' two-run homer in the third inning.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   NY Yankees
James Shields Player Hector Noesi
Loss W/L No Decision
7.1 IP 2.2
7 Strikeouts 2
6 Hits 4
4.91 ERA 6.75
Hitting
Tampa Bay   NY Yankees
Matt Joyce Player Eduardo Nunez
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
2 TB 5
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 9 1 14 .257 19 10 2 2 1 0
NY Yankees 7 1 12 .233 7 8 4 2 3 0

Upcoming Games

  • NY Yankees will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Yankees have a W/L % of .617 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against NY Yankees. The Rays have a W/L % of .535 after a win and .574 after a loss.
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