AJ Burnett was touched up for six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. The Rays ended up earning 15 hits against Yankee pitching. Marcus Thames injured himself. Yes, injured himself. The Yankees mounted a 9th inning four-run comeback, but fell short. This mini rally will give the team some momentum heading into tomorrow.

AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams

Initial Reaction:

This was Tampa Bay’s first test against a road opponent with a record over .500 and they passed it with flying colors. They touched up AJ Burnett for six runs on nine hits. Rays starter, Wade Davis looked great against the Yankees, going 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven.

Positives From The Game:

A-Bomb #589: Alex Rodriguez hit a monster solo home run to center field in 6th inning off Wade Davis.

Robbie Rakes: Robinson Cano went 4 for 5 with a double. He and Rodriguez were the lone offensive bright spots for the Yanks tonight.

The 9th Inning: Many fans probably turned the game off after the 7th inning, but the Yankees mounted a little comeback in the 9th inning. They score four runs on four hits, but Juan Miranda struck out to end the game with runners on 2nd and 3rd.

Negatives From The Game:

Burnett Bashed: Bad AJ showed up on a night where his team really needed him. Burnett gave up six earned runs on nine hits. Burnett walked and struck out four hitters. Burnett only threw 58% of his pitches (66 of 115) for strikes.

Father Thames Catches Up With Marcus: I mentioned before that Marcus Thames injured himself. Well, he did. After roping a 6th inning single, Thames tossed his bat aside to run to first. However, that bat bounced back into the base line as soon as hit the ground and Thames rolled his ankle on it. He left the game and was replaced by Ramiro Pena. Talk about going from a hero to a goat to a laughing stock.

The Yankees do not have a bench right now. At all. Both Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada are unavailable to play. Thames is injured. The Yankees may need to bring Greg Golson back to start in right field. God forbid if Francisco Cervelli got injured….

Derek Needs A Doctor?: Derek Jeter has really struggled in May (15 for 79; .189), but I’m more concerned with his physical appearance. Jeter has huge bags under his eyes and looks sick. Jeter came up with the bases loaded and two out when the Rays held a 6-2 lead and weakly grounded a 3-1 fastball to shortstop to end the inning. I can’t remember the last time I saw him make such a weak out in a big spot. I’m not going to make excuses for him because he’s not that type of player. It looks like he needs a day off that he won’t be able to have, given the pile of injuries.

Bullpen Bombed: Boone Logan gave up two runs in only a third of an inning. Mark Melancon, who was called up from Triple A yesterday, was the sacrificial lamb. He gave up two runs on five hits in the final two innings of the game.

Interesting Facts:

September 11th and 12th: The Yankees haven’t lost back to back home games since September 11th and 12th.

What’s Next?: The Yankees will look to split this two-game set with the Rays.

Thursday, 7:05 PM, YES: James Shields (4-1, 3.13 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte (5-0, 1.79 ERA)

Last Start:
Shields: ND, eight innings, two runs, ten strikeouts.
Pettitte: Win, 6 1/3 innings, no runs, two strikeouts.

Career:
Shields: 1-7, 5.76 ERA (1-3, 6.35 ERA At Yankee Stadium)
Pettitte: 16-5, 3.81 ERA