Rays Gain Ground On First Place Yankees
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – James Shields worked into the eighth
inning to outpitch CC Sabathia, prolong Alex Rodriguez's quest for
his 600th homer and help Tampa Bay beat the New York Yankees 3-0 on
Carl Crawford and Kelly Shoppach drove in runs for the Rays, who
took two of three games during a matchup between the teams with the
top two records in baseball.
The Yankees intended for Rodriguez to take a day off. But with
Shields (10-9) sailing along with a three-run lead in the seventh,
manager Joe Girardi inserted the slugger as a pinch-hitter with a
runner on and two outs.
Rodriguez took a third called strike. He remained in the game at
third base, but didn't get to the plate again.
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