Yankees complete doubleheader sweep of Rays
Jeter went 0 for 8 with a walk and remained three hits behind the Iron Horse as the New York
“You’d like to get it over with,” Jeter said. “Hopefully, tomorrow will be a little bit better.”
After a sparkling seven-inning pitcher’s duel between
New York had 24 hits, but none by Jeter on a day that ended with a spring-training-like slew of late-innings substitutes.
Flashes went off throughout the stadium whenever he came to the plate. Limited to a tying RBI grounder in the third, he came out for a pinch runner in the sixth inning of the second game and stayed stuck at 2,718 hits, leaving Gehrig to hold the team record for another day.
“You think about it, because that’s all you’re hearing about, especially when you’re on deck,” he said.
Jeter did surpass another
New York (89-50) has won 11 of 14, matched last year’s victory total with more than 3 1/2 weeks to play and is 39 games over .500 for the first time since 2004. The
“We’ve been on quite a roll here for quite some time, and you want to continue it because we still haven’t won anything. We haven’t clinched anything,” Jeter said.
Fading Tampa Bay has lost six straight, its longest skid since dropping seven from July 7-13 last year. Making matters worse, slugger
“I knew when the ball hit me it was going to be bad,” he said. “You don’t take a 95 mph fastball on the finger and live to tell about it – or the finger live to tell about it.”
The All-Star first baseman, who may need surgery, leads the
“It’s very discouraging,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He was swinging the bat about as well as anyone I’ve seen this season.”
Sabathia matched his season high with 10 strikeouts and allowed one run, three hits and four walks. He is 6-0 with 2.31 ERA in eight starts since 6-2 loss at Tampa Bay on July 28.
Garza gave up only an unearned run, five hits and a walk, striking out seven. Even though his opponents’ batting average of .233 coming in was the best in the
“All I can do is go out there and pitch as well as I can,” he said.
“It responded real well,” Rivera said. “I’m not worried about it.”
Burnett watched Sabathia, then gave up one run, four hits and three walks in six innings, striking out eight. He had been 0-4 with 6.54 ERA in seven starts since winning at Tampa Bay on July 27.
“Any time you get to pitch behind that big man, you know, you want to put up his numbers,” Burnett said. “You just get inspired.”
“My arm was dragging. I couldn’t catch up,” Sonnanstine said. “Definitely today was probably one of the worst days of my life.”