Monday, April 12, 2010

Yankees take series from Rays 2-1

Opponent: Tampa Bay Rays
Location: Tampa
Outcome: Yanks win series 2-1
Series MVP: CC Sabathia
Honorable Mention: Yankees Infield Defense
Yankees overall record: 4-2
Quote of the series: comes from Mark Teixeira after ending his hitless streak to end the season
"During your career you always aim for milestones,” Teixeira said. “So I made sure I went 0-for-17 to have a personal best. After that I wanted to make sure I got a few hits.”
The Yankees won their second consecutive series against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Outside of a miserable start from Javier Vazquez on Friday, the Yankees took advantage Saturday of an excellent start by Sabathia (and not great pitching from the Rays) to win 10-0.

Saturday's game was defined by Sabathia.  He took a no hitter into the eight inning with four outs remaining in the game.  The lone hit he gave up was to catcher Kelly Shoppach, his former teammate in Cleveland.  Sabathia was certainly aided by tremendous defense from the Yankees infield particularly, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.  Also, if Jason Giambi was manning first place Sabathia would have lost his no-no much earlier in the game.

Sunday, AJ Burnett had a quality start after looking shaky through the first inning.  Curtis Granderson again showed why GM Brian Cashman traded for him with outstanding play in center field.  The offense was aided by Alex Rodriguez, a two run double and Nick Swisher's first home run of the season.

Next Up: The Yankees take on the Angels tomorrow afternoon during their home opener in the Bronx.  The team will be handing out their 2009 world series rings before first pitch.  World Series MVP Hideki Matsui will make his debut in the Bronx in an opponents uniform and will also receive his ring with the rest of the team.

- Courtney

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