NY Yankees leads 1-0 (as of 4/17)
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7:10 PM ET, April 17, 2014
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Everything was clicking for CC Sabathia. His pitches were humming, Yankees batters were in a groove and the defense even turned a triple play.
Sabathia (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits, improving to 2-7 in 12 starts at Tropicana Field since joining the Yankees in 2009. He lowered his ERA to 5.19.
"I've struggled here, especially against Price," Sabathia said. "For these guys to come out and swing it the way they did, I wanted to be able to put some shutdown innings together, and was able to do that."
Sabathia had six strikeouts and two walks.
"He's reinvented himself," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He pitched really well. The thing that was really obvious was all the called strikes we had today, the taken strikes. There was a lot of them, I thought more than we've had in a while."
Price (2-1) entered 6-1 in nine starts against Sabathia but gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings. Sean Rodriguez hit into a triple play and had a solo homer for the Rays, who have lost four straight.
"This is one start," Price said. "I know you guys blow it up to be a lot more than it really is, but everybody's going to have their bad days. I had mine."
Roberts and Ellsbury both had run-scoring triples, and Derek Jeter hit an RBI single during a three-run second that put the Yankees ahead 4-0.
New York tripled twice in an inning for the first time since Brett Gardner and Jeter on May 19, 2011, at Baltimore, according to STATS.
Tampa Bay got a run in the fourth when Logan Forsythe scored on McCann's passed ball, beating Sabathia's attempted tag at the plate. Rodriguez homered during the seventh.
Rodriguez grounded into a triple play for the second time in his career. The Rays had runners on first and second in the second when Rodriguez hit a hard grounder off Sabathia that Solarte fielded, and he stepped on the third to retire Evan Longoria.
Solarte threw to Roberts at second base to get Wil Myers. The play ended when Scott Sizemore, who had not played first base in his previous 658 professional games, made a nice scoop of Roberts' relay throw.
"They're big plays obviously and everyone gets excited," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
It was the first triple play hit into by the Rays since Rodriguez grounded into one on Aug. 16, 2011, at Boston.
Sabathia was pitching the previous time the Yankees turned a triple play, on April 12 last year against Baltimore. He was also on the mound for a triple play on April 22, 2010 against Oakland.
"I just didn't want to take my eyes off the baseball because of the roof," Beltran said. "A little bit of my left shoulder and my right wrist (are sore). Other than that, I'm fine."
Beltran hopes to play Friday.
"I've got to see how I'm going to wake up tomorrow," Beltran said. "Hopefully I'm fine."
NOTES: Tampa Bay senior adviser Don Zimmer is recovering from seven hours of surgery Wednesday to repair a leaky valve in his heart. ... Jeter made a diving catch on Myers' drive to shortstop, starting a fourth-inning double play. ... Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (right leg) is expected back Sunday, while closer David Robertson (groin) could return Tuesday. ... New York RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-1) and Tampa Bay LHP Erik Bedard (0-0) are Friday night's scheduled starters.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 17: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees speaks with a teammate during batting...(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Tampa Bay leads 11-8 (as of Thu 4/17)|
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|1st||B McCann singled to left, J Ellsbury scored, D Jeter to third.||1||0|
|2nd||B Roberts tripled to deep center, S Sizemore scored.||2||0|
|2nd||J Ellsbury tripled to deep center, B Roberts scored.||3||0|
|2nd||D Jeter singled to center, J Ellsbury scored.||4||0|
|4th||L Forsythe scored on B McCann's passed ball.||4||1|
|5th||A Soriano homered to left (405 feet).||5||1|
|5th||B McCann homered to right (364 feet).||6||1|
|6th||J Ellsbury hit sacrifice fly to left, B Roberts scored.||7||1|
|7th||B Roberts singled to left, B McCann scored, Y Solarte to second.||8||1|
|7th||S Rodriguez homered to left (392 feet).||8||2|
|9th||Y Solarte homered to right (379 feet), A Soriano scored.||10||2|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||28,085 (82.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Clint Fagan|
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