7:10 PM ET, September 3, 2008
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
A-Rod's bomb hits catwalk, draws first official replay as Yanks cruise
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez made major league history by agreeing with an umpire.The New York Yankees third baseman, a lightning rod for headlines on and off the field throughout his career, saw his ninth-inning home run Wednesday night the same way as third base umpire Brian Runge. So did baseball's instant replay system.
• Wednesday was the fourth time Alex Rodriguez homered in back-to-back games. He homered in four consecutive games from June 14-18.
• Carlos Pena walked twice to extend his on-base streak to 13 games.
• After throwing 91 pitches in his return to the majors, Carl Pavano has yet to reach the 80-pitch mark in his last two outings.
• Wednesday's loss marked the first time this year the Rays have lost back-to-back games to start a month.
-- ESPN research
Jeter went 1-for-5 and needs five hits to tie Babe Ruth (2,518) for second place on the Yankees career list. ... Abreu was 1-for-18 lifetime against Jackson before getting hits in his first two at-bats. ... Navarro returned to the lineup after missing five of the previous six games because of sore hamstrings in both legs. ... Rays All-Star rookie 3B Evan Longoria, sidelined since Aug. 8 with a fractured right wrist, ran the bases during pregame, but still is not ready to take batting practice. "We're in a holding pattern there," Maddon said.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 11-7 (as of Wed 9/3)|
|Fri 4/4||TB 13, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Sat 4/5||TB 6, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Sun 4/6||@NYY 2, TB 0||Recap|
|Mon 4/7||@NYY 6, TB 1||Recap|
|Mon 4/14||NYY 8, @TB 7|
|Tue 4/15||NYY 5, @TB 3||Recap|
|Mon 5/12||@TB 7, NYY 1||Recap|
|Tue 5/13||@TB 2, NYY 1||Recap|
|Wed 5/14||NYY 2, @TB 1||Recap|
|Thu 5/15||@TB 5, NYY 2||Recap|
|Tue 7/8||@NYY 5, TB 0||Recap|
|Wed 7/9||@NYY 2, TB 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/2||NYY 7, @TB 2||Recap|
|» Wed 9/3||NYY 8, @TB 4||Box Score|
|Thu 9/4||@TB 7, NYY 5||Recap|
|Sat 9/13||TB 7, @NYY 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/13||@NYY 6, TB 5||Recap|
|Sun 9/14||@NYY 8, TB 4||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Yankees | Rays|
|1st||C Floyd doubled to right center, B Upton scored.||0||1|
|2nd||R Cano doubled to left center, X Nady scored.||1||1|
|2nd||I Rodriguez doubled to shallow right, R Cano scored.||2||1|
|3rd||A Rodriguez doubled to left, B Abreu scored.||3||1|
|3rd||J Giambi doubled to deep left center, A Rodriguez scored.||4||1|
|3rd||H Matsui singled to center, J Giambi scored.||5||1|
|4th||A Rodriguez singled to right, J Damon scored, D Jeter to second.||6||1|
|4th||G Gross homered to right, D Navarro scored.||6||3|
|9th||A Rodriguez homered to left, B Abreu scored.||8||3|
|9th||A Iwamura doubled to left, G Gross scored.||8||4|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||25,215 (74% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Brian Runge|