Yankees 4, Rays 3
Struggling Ichiro Suzuki came up big for the New York
Suzuki hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning and the
Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Tuesday night.
”I haven’t been able to do much, but hopefully things like this
will help me get past it,” Suzuki, who is hitting just .220 this
season, said through a translator.
Robinson Cano ended AL Cy Young Award winner David Price’s night
with a leadoff single in the ninth. After Cano stole second on a
pitch by Fernando Rodney that struck out Vernon Wells, pinch-hitter
Travis Hafner was intentionally walked and Lyle Overbay walked to
load the bases.
First baseman James Loney helped Rodney by making a sliding
catch on Chris Stewart’s foul ball, but Suzuki then drove in two
for a 4-2 lead on a liner to center.
”We put some tough at-bats on some really tough pitchers,”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Tampa Bay is winless in all five of Price’s starts this year.
The left-hander (0-2) allowed three runs and eight hits over
”I thought he threw the ball really well tonight, so if he
throws the ball like that and we had scored four runs tonight, he
walks away and feels like he was fantastic,” Rays manager Joe
Maddon said. ”But we don’t score enough runs and he doesn’t feel
as good about himself. That’s just how this baseball thing
The only other team to lose the first five starts made by a
reigning Cy Young winner was the 1989 Minnesota Twins. They lost in
Frank Viola’s first seven starts before finally winning on May 9
A frustrated Price spent just about one minute talking with
reporters after the game, saying that there is no satisfaction from
what was called a better start and that he wanted to remain in the
”We’re still 0-5 when I pitch, I don’t feel good,” Price said.
”I want to be in that game. It’s like it’s my game to lose.”
David Robertson (1-0) worked a perfect eighth before Mariano
Rivera got his sixth save despite allowing Evan Longoria’s leadoff
Suzuki singled with one out in the eighth, went to third on
Jayson Nix’s single to left, and scored to get the Yankees even at
2 when Brett Gardner hit a grounder to second.
”I just had a feeling I could make it there,” Suzuki said.
”It was a steal and I was just running. I didn’t see where he hit
the ball but I heard it, and luckily when I looked up I saw the
ball in front of me.”
Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the seventh on Jose Molina’s
run-scoring single off Phil Hughes, who allowed two runs and six
hits in seven innings.
”I felt like I had to pitch well,” Hughes said. ”Price wasn’t
going to continue the way he’d been throwing. I knew he was going
to be tough, and I though the game was over in the seventh after
making that bad pitch (to Molina). But thankfully the guys fought
back hard and got us the win.”
Ben Zobrist put the Rays up 1-0 on a first-inning sacrifice
The Yankees tied it at 1 on Wells’ RBI single in the fourth, but
Price avoided further damage by getting a fly ball from Ben
Francisco and Overbay’s double-play grounder with runners on first
and second with no outs.
Maddon’s effort during the current homestand to keep his team
loose Tuesday featured a cockatoo, which he had in clubhouse and
later on his shoulder as he held his pregame media session. In
previous games, Maddon had a DJ play music in the clubhouse and a
magician do card tricks, and promised a big animal finale on
Wednesday night when the homestand ends.
”Snakes are out,” Maddon said. ”I will not be in the
clubhouse with a snake. Regardless of what people say, I’m not on
board with that.”
Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis was out of the starting lineup
for the third straight game with lower back tightness. Girardi
expects Youkilis will also miss Wednesday’s series finale.
NOTES: Price has given up six leads over his last three starts.
… New York SS Derek Jeter will be in a walking boot for a left
ankle injury when rejoins the team Thursday at Yankee Stadium. The
Yankees captain found out last Thursday that he fractured the ankle
for a second time in six months. … Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira
(wrist) continues taking dry swings with a bat, but hasn’t started
hitting off a tee. … Rivera met with a group of wounded soldiers
and veterans before the game. The closer, who is retiring after the
season, is taking part in events like that in road ballparks this
year. … Longoria has reached base in 34 straight games dating to