Well, why not? Tonight I’m going to do a live blog, albeit I’m starting a bit late.
Throught he second inning Moose has allowed no runs, and looks pretty good. The Yanks scored two in the bottom of the first on a Bobby Abreu HR.
Bottom of the Second:
Robbie Cano, who has been struggling in the lineup, (we’ll who hasn’t been), just hit a ground ball for the first out.
Betimit strikes out and Cabrera flys out to 7.
Jeter has been taken out of the game without a reason given. Betimit moves to 6, Morgan Ensberg at 3.
Johnny Gomes just belted a changeup down the middle over the left field wall.
Moose walks Bartlett, 1 out.
Bartlett goes and Molina makes a pretty high throw. Betemit tries to lay the tag down on him, but essentially flies over him. Rays RISP.
Iwamura hits a ground ball for the second out, but Bartlett moves to third.
Moose pitches a ground ball and gets out of the inning.
The Yanks have put Molina on third and Abreu on first wih two outs.
A Rod hits into a force out. Not what we wanted but atleast the Yanks have been hitting the ball tonight.
Top of 4th
Moose retires the side on ground balls. Nice.
Bottom of the 4th:
Yanks go down 1-2-3 as well
Top of fifth:
Moose retires the side again.
Bottom of the fifth:
With two outs, Damon (2 for 3 tonight) gets on first with a little blooper. He’s left stranded.
Top of Sixth:
One out, no runners on base.With two outs Pena gets on base with a Cano error. Trying to get fancy. Again. Moose gets out of the inning with no runs.
Bottom of Sixth:
With no outs Bobby Abreu once again hits a hard drive that this time bounces off the right field wall. He is gets himself a nice stand up triple.
A Rod! Alex just broke his bat on an RBI single to right.
Matsui just hit an RBI double (he’s now 1-3) to score A-Rod.
4-1 Yankees 0 outs
Cano then advances Matsui to third on a broken bat ground out.
Rays pitcher Hammel gets a big out with a strikeout, but is definately almost done for. He intentionally walks Melky to get to Molina.
It’s a good move as Molina gets an out to end the inning.
Top of Seventh:
Mussina is out of the game, and has been replaced by RHP Brian Bruney. He is able to get out of the inning with no earned runs.
Bottom of Seventh:
Hammel is out and reliever Scott Dohmann is on the mound. He faces Johnny Damon.
It is reported that Jeter was taken out with a strained groin. He is slated to get an MRI before leaving for KC.
Damon flys out.
Ensberg and Abreu (BB) are on base with A Rod up. Abreu is a double away from hitting for cycle. Last time a Yankee did that? ’95.
A Rod is called out looking on a garbage strike, but Matsui makes them pay with an RBI single.
Robbie Cano hits a two out RBI single and the Yanks are looking like the team they really are. Abreu scores for the 6-1 lead, and last run of the inning.
Top of the Eighth:
Kyle Farnsworth comes in as the setup man, instead of Chamberlain. He sets the Rays down 1-2-3.
Bottom of Eighth:
Yanks are sat down without any runs.
Top of Ninth:
The Rays are looking at one more chance to get the win in this one, but I don’t foresee it in the near future.
LaTroy Hawkins is the Yankee closer.
He works out of trouble, striking out Gomes for the win.
They hit the road for a DAY GAME tomorrow in Kansas City. Ouch.
They will be on the road for the next 18 games, including a series with ALE rivals Boston RedSox.
The lineup looked alot better tonight, and Mussina was magical as he had a start that rivaled CMW’s.
Jeter will be news as they will be cautious with his injury this early in the season.
Look for some play from Betemit and Ensberg as the Yankee bench is short due to suspension.
Hopefully tonights performance will start up the offense for the month of April.