Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/19)

Game 1: Monday, April 18
Tampa Bay8Final
NY Yankees19
Game 2: Tuesday, April 19
Tampa Bay6Final
in 10
NY Yankees2

Devil Rays 6

(5-9, 1-4 away)

Yankees 2

(5-9, 4-4 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 19, 2005

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    NYY 010000100 - 2 - -

    W: H. Nomo (2-1)

    L: R. Johnson (1-1)

    Tampa Bay (4-9) at NY Yankees (5-8) 7:05 pm EDT

    Tampa Bay (4-9) at NY Yankees (5-8), 7:05 pm EDT

    BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Yankees responded to owner George Steinbrenner's rant Monday, showcasing the offensive firepower that helped lure Randy Johnson this offseason.

    Johnson (1-0, 4.74 ERA) hopes for the same support Tuesday when he leads the Yankees into the second of a two-game set with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

    Johnson has received solid run support thus far but has not been as sharp as expected. He gave up five runs and five hits, including three home runs, in seven innings in an 8-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.

    The 41-year-old is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA in four career starts vs. Tampa Bay.

    Steinbrenner challenged his talented squad to play up to its potential after being swept in Baltimore over the weekend. The club appeared motivated by the diatribe Monday, breaking out for a 19-8 rout of the Devil Rays.

    Alex Rodriguez and Tino Martinez spearheaded a 13-run second inning that keyed New York's best run production in nearly three years. Rodriguez had a two-run homer and a two-run double in the second and Martinez drove in five in the frame with a grand slam and an RBI single.

    Both players finished with six RBI and led a 20-hit attack that enabled Jaret Wright to survive a difficult outing for his second straight win.

    Hideo Nomo (1-1, 10.13) was moved up in the rotation to take the spot of Mark Hendrickson, who was scratched due to shoulder stiffness.

    Nomo will be pitching on three days rest after being hit hard in a 10-0 loss to the Red Sox on Friday. He gave up eight runs and five hits in just two innings, walking five and striking out one.

    The 6-2 righthander is 1-3 with a 9.56 ERA in four career starts at Yankee Stadium.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

     Tampa BayNew York
    Current StreakL4L1
    Last 104-66-4

    Pitching Matchup

    Tampa BayNew York
    H. Nomo
    5-8, 7.24 ERA

    Last Game:
    7/15 at TOR
    2.2 IP, 7 ER
    Dec = Loss
    R. Johnson
    17-8, 3.79 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 at BOS
    7.1 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Tampa BayNew York
    1. C. Crawford, LF D. Jeter, SS
    2. A. Gonzalez, 3B B. Williams, CF
    3. J. Lugo, SS G. Sheffield, RF
    4. A. Huff, RF H. Matsui, LF
    5. E. Perez, 1B A. Rodriguez, 3B
    6. J. Cantu, 2B J. Giambi, DH
    7. J. Phelps, DH J. Posada, C
    8. T. Hall, C T. Martinez, 1B
    9. A. Sanchez, CF T. Womack, 2B