7:08 PM ET, July 27, 2009
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There's no letup in the New York Yankees.Starting a nine-game, 10-day road trip that could set the tone for the remainder of the season, the AL East leaders continued their strong second-half start with an 11-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night."We left home after a good homestand and we're in a good spot right now," right-hander A.J. Burnett said after the Yankees homered four times to improve to 10-1 since the All-Star break.
Why A.J. Burnett Won
• Yankees starter got nine swing-and-miss strikes via fastball (most with fastball this season).
• Retired leadoff batter in every inning pitched.
• Retired 81 percent of hitters when the batter went to two strikes.
-- ESPN Stats and Information
• A.J. Burnett reached 10 wins for the fifth straight year and seventh time in his career. He allowed one run in seven innings pitched, improving to 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in his last six starts.
• Robinson Cano's 15th homer of the season passed his 2008 total, reaching that mark in 98 fewer games.
• Johnny Damon hit the 200th HR of his career and tied his 2008 total of 17.
• James Shields allowed five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched and is winless (0-2) in his last seven starts.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
A Night Of Home Runs
• Josh Willingham hit two grand slams for the Nationals.
• Alfonso Soriano lifted the Cubs with a walk-off grand slam in the 13th inning against the Astros.
• Fernando Tatis proved clutch for the Mets with a pinch-hit grand slam.
• The Angels got back-to-back-to-back jacks from Juan Rivera, Kendry Morales and Mike Napoli.
• Both Lees homered in the Astros/Cubs game. Carlos went deep for Houston while Derrek did so for Chicago.
• Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher hit back-to-back homers for the Yankees.
• Curtis Granderson led off with a shot against the Rangers.
• Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta went back-to-back for the Indians.
• The Giants/Pirates game was the only contest without a homer tonight.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Rodriguez was back in the Yankees lineup after resting Sunday. He went 1 for 4 with a walk and exchanged words with plate umpire Brian Knight after taking a called third strike in the fifth inning. ... With OF Brett Gardner on the 15-day disabled list after breaking his left thumb, the Yankees only had three position players available off the bench -- Cody Ransom, Jose Molina and Eric Hinske. ... The Rays activated Shouse (left elbow strain) from the DL and optioned RHP Dale Thayer to Triple-A Durham.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 11-7 (as of Mon 7/27)|
|Mon 4/13||@TB 15, NYY 5||Recap|
|Tue 4/14||NYY 7, @TB 2|
|Wed 4/15||NYY 4, @TB 3||Recap|
|Wed 5/6||TB 4, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Thu 5/7||TB 8, @NYY 6||Recap|
|Sat 6/6||TB 9, @NYY 7||Recap|
|Sun 6/7||@NYY 4, TB 3||Recap|
|Mon 6/8||@NYY 5, TB 3||Recap|
|» Mon 7/27||NYY 11, @TB 4||Box Score|
|Tue 7/28||@TB 6, NYY 2||Recap|
|Wed 7/29||NYY 6, @TB 2||Recap|
|Mon 9/7||@NYY 4, TB 1||Recap|
|Mon 9/7||@NYY 11, TB 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/8||@NYY 3, TB 2||Recap|
|Wed 9/9||@NYY 4, TB 2||Recap|
|Fri 10/2||@TB 13, NYY 4||Recap|
|Sat 10/3||@TB 5, NYY 3||Recap|
|Sun 10/4||NYY 10, @TB 2||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Yankees | Rays|
|2nd||J Posada doubled to deep center, H Matsui scored.||1||0|
|2nd||R Cano tripled to deep right, J Posada scored.||2||0|
|2nd||N Swisher grounded out to second, R Cano scored.||3||0|
|6th||R Cano homered to center.||4||0|
|6th||N Swisher homered to right.||5||0|
|6th||E Longoria grounded into double play, second to shortstop to first, B Upton scored, C Crawford out at second.||5||1|
|8th||A Rodriguez doubled to deep left center, D Jeter and J Damon scored.||7||1|
|8th||C Crawford hit sacrifice fly to left, J Bartlett scored, B Upton to third.||7||2|
|8th||B Zobrist singled to right center, B Upton scored, E Longoria to second.||7||3|
|9th||N Swisher homered to left.||8||3|
|9th||J Damon homered to right, M Cabrera and D Jeter scored.||11||3|
|9th||P Burrell homered to left.||11||4|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||33,442 (98.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Knight, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana Demuth|