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Rays move to within one game of first place Yanks

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

St. Petersburg, FL (July 30) – The New York Yankees were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 3-2.  It was a pitcher’s duel and two big swings produced all the runs.  Nick Swisher of the Yankees hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning. 

Phil Hughes made the start for the Yankees and was cruising through the first five innings.  He had first and third two outs in the sixth inning and threw a high fastball that Joyce got on top of and hit it out for what was the game winning home run.  Hughes threw a great curveball right before that but decided to go back to the fastball.  Hughes pitched six innings giving up three runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.  Joba Chamberlain pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts.

The offense was provided by Swisher who hit a two-run home run.  Robinson Cano had two hits and Derek Jeter had a hit.  Alex Rodriguez was 0-4 today and appeared to be frustrated, he argued with the umpire a couple of times.  The Yankees after striking early just could not get anything going against Wade Davis who pitched seven innings giving up the two runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.  Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect eighth inning and Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save.  The Rays are now just one game behind the Yankees for first place in the AL East.

The Yankees will send Javier Vazquez to the mound tomorrow against Matt Garza who is coming off of a no-hitter while attempting to hold onto first place.  The Rays with a win will move into a tie and have a chance at sweeping their divisional foes on Sunday.  The Yankees were active off the field on Friday acquiring veteran slugger Lance Berkman from the Astros. 

The deal will not be official until tomorrow because he is a 10-5 player and could veto the trade but it is happening.  The names I have heard going to the Astros are Mark Melancon and Johnny Paredes.

Phil Hughes looked better then he has in a long time, which is a good sign.  He will be having bad dreams about that one pitch he made to Joyce but he really pitched a good game.  I think Rodriguez is getting to the point where he needs to get that 600th home run out of the way and go on with the season.  He has been hitting and driving in runs but tonight the intensity of the game seemed to affect him.  It will be interesting to see tomorrow with Garza who is a fastball pitcher and will challenge him.  

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