The Yankees won the series against the Rays, taking the finale 7-3. AJ Burnett went seven innings, struck out one, and allowed only two runs.

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Initial Reaction:

Another great game by the Yanks. They got a great start from AJ Burnett and received timely hitting from A-Rod, Jorge Posada, and Curtis Granderson.

Positives From The Game:

–Running Up Rays’ Starter James Shields’ pitch count. Shields only lasted 5 1/3 innings, throwing 102 pitches. Right after Shields left, the Yankees proceeded to score three runs off Tampa relievers. That’s the beauty of the Yankee lineup.

Curtis Granderson roped an RBI double in the 2nd inning, plating Alex Rodriguez.

Granderson also had an excellent sliding catch in the 5th inning, doubling up Pat Burrell.

Jorge Posada’s 6th inning home run off Randy Choate gave the Yanks the lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Alex Rodriguez’s 7th inning two-RBI double put the Yankees ahead 6-2 and ultimately sealed the Rays’ fate.

Adding insult to injury, Nick Swisher crushed a hanging breaking ball for an 8th inning solo home run.

Negatives From The Game:

In the 4th inning, Alex Rodriguez led off with a double. The next four hitters were unable to bring him home.

Joba Chamberlain gave up two straight hits to start the 8th inning, but he was able to work out of the jam and allow only one run.

Interesting Facts:

Evan Longoria’s 6th inning pop up hit a cat walk hanging over the infield and sent the infielders scrambling. No one made the catch and the umpires ruled it a fair ball. Longoria was credited with a single. Manager Joe Girardi came out to argue to no avail.

So what’s the official ruling if a batted ball hits a foreign object?

According the Tropicana Field rules, if a batted ball hits a cat-walk or speaker and lands in fair territory in relation to the fielder, it’s a a fair ball. It’s a stupid rule, but whatever. Burnett got BJ Upton to pop out to end the inning.

What’s Next?: The Yankees will travel home and get ready to open the stadium for the first time on Tuesday. The Yanks will take on the Angels, meaning that Hideki Matsui will be in the house.

Projected Starters: Ervin Santana(0-1, 6.50) vs. Andy Pettitte(0-0, 1.50)

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