Found July 03, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
Mlb-rays-orioles-apr
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run homer, helping the Tampa Bay Rays continue their home dominance over the New York Yankees in a 7-4 victory over the AL East leaders on Tuesday night. Rodriguez, mired in a 17 for 100 slump dating back to May 21, finished with 3 for 4. After blowing a three-run lead, New York went ahead 4-3 on Eric Chavez's RBI single during the fourth. Tampa Bay responded in the bottom half and grabbed a 5-4 lead on Rodriguez's first homer since May 27 off Ivan Nova (9-3). James Shields (8-5) gave up four runs and 10 hits over seven innings for the Rays, who have won nine straight at Tropicana Field over the Yankees. Tampa Bay extended its lead to 7-4 with a two-run seventh. After Desmond Jennings stole home on a play that had catcher Russell Martin make a bad throw to second on B.J. Upton's stolen base attempt, Ben Zobrist had a run-scoring single. Nova, who entered 5-0 in his past seven starts, allowed six runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander had won his previous four starts against Tampa Bay. Fernando Rodney, the Rays' third reliever, pitched the ninth for his 24th save. New York took a 2-0 lead in the first when Curtis Granderson had an RBI double and Robinson Cano hit a run-scoring single. Cano, who has driven in at least one run in a career-high seven consecutive games, was then doubled off first on Nick Swisher's one-out fly to center. Cano was also thrown out at the plate on a strong relay throw from Rodriguez on Raul Ibanez's sixth-inning double. Dewayne Wise made it 3-0 on a third-inning solo homer. Wise nearly threw out Elliot Johnson out at the plate from left field on Upton's two-out single later in the third, but a sliding Johnson was called safe when Martin juggled the ball during the tag try. Jeff Keppinger then tied it at 3 on a two-run single. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup on a planned day off that was set up about a week ago. The break came one day after Teixeira made his first error in 94 games, a misplayed two-out grounder in the seventh inning that allowed the eventual winning run to score in New York's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Chavez, who took Teixeira's spot, was charged with an error after mishandling Zobrist's grounder in the third. NOTES: Rays LHP David Price (11-4), who left his previous start last Friday after seven innings because of lower back tightness, will go against Yankees RHP David Phelps (1-3) in Wednesday's series finale. Phelps is filling for New York ace CC Sabathia, who has been out since straining his left groin on June 24. ... Sabathia threw in the outfield for the second consecutive game, including at 60 feet. The left-hander expects to have a mound session this weekend. ... Tampa Bay OF Matt Joyce (strained left oblique) is set to join Triple-A Durham and will have his status evaluated after playing Thursday.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

For Lobaton, home plate is where the heart is

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton makes a living at home plate. And now hes made his marriage vows there, too. Thats where the 27-year-old from Venezuela wed his fiance, Nina Dominguez, in an impromptu ceremony Monday morning beneath a large white canopy otherwise known as the roof of Tropicana Field. First baseman Carlos Pena and his wife, Pamela, stood...

Rays ready to move on from collapse vs. Yanks

ST. PETERSBURG Joe Maddon's typically calm demeanor as he sat behind his office desk early Wednesday evening gave no hint of the potential fireworks that had just fizzled for his Tampa Bay Rays. They had come within five outs of a series sweep of the New York Yankees before a festive July 4th crowd of 28,033 at Tropicana Field. But the 3-1 lead entrusted to Kyle Farnsworth...

Rays 7, Yankees 4

Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run homer, helping the Tampa Bay Rays continue their home dominance over the New York Yankees in a 7-4 victory over the AL East leaders on Tuesday night. Rodriguez, mired in a 17 for 100 slump dating back to May 21, finished with 3 for 4. After blowing a three-run lead, New York went ahead 4-3 on Eric Chavez's RBI single during the fourth....

Rays continue home domination over Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Rays overcame a rough start by James Shields, but the Yankees couldn't overcome their miscues Tuesday night. Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run homer, Shields battled back and the Rays kept their Tropicana Field magic against the Yankees working for a 7-4 victory. "We've played well against them here," said Rays manager Joe Maddon...

Timing perfect for Rays' win over Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG There's something about Matt Moore and the New York Yankees. Heck, there's something about the Yankees and Tropicana Field that seems to bring out the best in the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays' rookie lefthander made his big-league debut against New York last September and picked up the win with a standout performance. Monday night, Moore faced the Yankees...

Price, Rays going for another sweep of Yanks

The New York Yankees have dropped nine straight at Tropicana Field and 11 in a row on artificial turf. They will try to end those streaks against a pitcher tied for the league lead in victories. David Price can become the AL's first 12-game winner Wednesday when he attempts to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to another home sweep of the Yankees. New York (48-32) fell 7-4 on Tuesday...

Rays 4, Yankees 3

B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena homered and the Tampa Bay Rays took advantage of Mark Teixeira's first error of the season to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 on Monday night. Pinch hitter Brooks Conrad's RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning off David Robertson (0-3) made it 3-all. Teixeira followed by misplaying Elliot Johnson's sharp grounder over first base for...

Nova's hot streak ends in loss to Tampa Bay

Not even Ivan Nova could stop the Tampa Bay Rays from another home win over the New York Yankees. Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run homer, helping the Rays beat the Yankees 7-4 on Tuesday night. Nova, who entered 5-0 in his past seven starts, allowed six runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander had won his previous four starts against Tampa Bay, limiting the...

HOVG Heroes: Brett Butler

SAM FULD on BRETT BUTLERIf you put a gun to my head and asked me if I thought Brett Butler deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, I’d have to admit that he probably falls a bit short.He never finished above seventh in MVP voting, he made only one All-Star team and was never really regarded as the best at his position at any point in his career. Shoot, he only made a measly $23.8M...

Series Preview: Yanks @ Rays

The month of June was scorching hot for the Yankees, with blistering temperatures and a 20-7 record, the best in baseball. The Bronx Bombers look to keep their June success as the calendar has turned into July.  Trying to slow down the Yankees will be AL East division rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays. Things haven’t been too pleasant for the Yanks down in Tropicana as they have lost...

Game 79: Costly Error

<a href="http://bronxpinstripes.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-feed-statistics/feed-statistics.php?url=aHR0cDovL2Jyb254cGluc3RyaXBlcy5jb20vZ2FtZS1kYXkvZ2FtZS03OS1jb3N0bHktZXJyb3IvYXR0YWNobWVudC9nbTc5ZmVhdC8=" rel=\"attachment wp-att-8920\"> New York Yankees 3 — Tampa Bay Rays 4   A rare and costly error in the 7th was the difference in the 4-3 loss...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.