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Anna’s Bases-Loaded Walk In 12th Eclipses Rays



Sometimes when they say it is game of inches they really mean it. On Sunday at Tropicana Field the Yankees ended up winning a game against the Rays on a very close checked swing by rookie infielder Dean Anna.

Anna just barely held up on a 3-2 pitch from left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser with the bases loaded and two out as part of a four-run uprising as New York gladly will leave St. Petersburg, FL, with split of their four-game series against Tampa Bay.

After right-hander Heath Bell (0-1) opened the 12th by walking Yangervis Solarte, Riefenhauser came on to retire Solarte on a fielder’s choice grounder by Brett Gardner and Brian Roberts on lineout.

However, Brian McCann singled to advance Gardner to third and Rays manager Joe Maddon decided to walk Jacoby Ellsbury intentionally in order to pitch to Anna. Niefenhauser’s  3-2 pitch to Anna was called a ball by home-plate umpire Clint Fagan and third-base umpire Marty Foster correctly called that Anna checked his swing in time to allow Gardner to score to break the 1-1 tie.

That opened the floodgates as right-hander Josh Lueke replaced Riefenhauser and was tagged by a two-run single by Carlos Beltran and an RBI single off the bat of Alfonso Soriano.

Preston Claiborne (1-0), who was called up on Sunday after the Yankees had been hammered for 27 runs on 32 hits in two days, pitched the final two innings to get credit for the victory.

The Yankees actually held a 1-0 lead in the game after the top of the fourth inning, when Soriano led off with a double and Gardner followed two batters later with a deep drive to right that outfielder Will Myers appeared initially to have caught at the wall.

However, after Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, replays clearly indicated that the ball landed just under the yellow home-run line on some netting and then caromed into Myers’ glove. Gardner was awarded a double and RBI that allowed Soriano to score.

Emergency starter Vidal Nuno actually held the Rays scoreless over five innings, yielding only three hits and two walks while fanned six batters in his first start since June of last season.

The Yankees bullpen, which had been shredded the past two days, held up well until a one-out error by Roberts in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed the Rays to tie it with an unearned run.

Matt Thornton entered the game with one out in the frame but was greeted by a single by James Loney. Brandon Guyer then rolled a easy two-hopper to Solarte at third. But Roberts bobbled the ball at second and umpire Joe West ruled Loney safe at second also.

Adam Warren came in to replace Thornton and Yunel Escobar singled to load the bases and pinch-hitter Matt Joyce launched a sacrifice fly that scored Loney just ahead of the tag from John Ryan Murphy on the throw from Beltran in right.

The victory allowed the Yankees to improve their season record to 11-8. They remain a game up on the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. The Rays fell to 9-10 and are two games back.


  • Give Nuno, 26, a lot of credit for tossing five spotless innings in his first start in almost a year. Nuno was used because of Tuesday’s rainout at Yankee Stadium in a game scheduled against the Chicago Cubs, which pushed back Masahiro Tanaka’s next start until Tuesday. But Nuno likely will get at least one more start since right-hander Ivan Nova likely will miss the rest of the season to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
  • Anna, 27, only was in the game because Girardi had elected to pinch-run Ichiro Suzuki in the 11th inning to replace Derek Jeter after he led off the frame with a single off Bell. Suzuki ultimately was called out on a steal attempt after he initially was called safe. The call was overturned on a replay requested by Maddon. So Anna ended up stepping into the batters’ box facing a left-hander and sporting a .136 batting average. But he earned the walk and it was a very impressive eight-pitch at-bat.
  • Shawn Kelley highlighted an unyielding performance by the bullpen after they had been shelled so badly in the two previous games. Kelley pitched a scoreless ninth and 10th innings and struck out four batters to allow the Yankees to win the game in the 12th. The bullpen of David Phelps, Thornton, Warren, Kelley and Claiborne shut out the Rays on three hits and three walks while fanning nine in seven innings.


  • Roberts had a day he would like to forget. Along with committing a senseless fielding error that cost the Yankees the lead he was 0-for-5 with a couple of strikeouts and he stranded four base-runners. Roberts is off to a slow start with the bat and is now hitting just .156.
  • Thornton is certainly nothing like his predecessor Boone Logan. He does not have Logan’s sweeping slider and lefties make him pay for it. He was called into the game to retire the left-handed Loney but Loney slapped a fastball to the opposite field for a single. Thornton has to be prepared to push good lefty hitters off the plate to keep them from going the other way.


The Yankees activated Mark Teixeira from the disabled list and he started at first base on Sunday and was 2-for-6 with fielding error in the game. Teixeira, 34, had been out of the lineup since he strained his right hamstring in a game against the Blue Jays on April 4.  . . .  David Robertson is on schedule to be activated on Tuesday. Robertson, 29,  suffered a strained left groin on April 6. He will resume his closer’s role and Kelley will move back into the main setup role. Kelley was 4-for-4 in save opportunities.


I have said this before and I will say this again: The Rays’ organization is great to its own players and fans (which is fantastic) but they treat everyone else with disdain because they are very insecure. One example: If there is giveaway such as an Evan Longoria T-shirt for kids age 14-and-under they will not hand the shirts to any kids wearing an opposing team’s jersey. Yep! They do that that at the Trop because they are small-minded people. But it all trickles down from the top. To most of the nation, Maddon is seemingly lovable guy. But witness him at a press conference and you see that he puts a capital A in the term a–hole. Asked to comment on Nuno and the Yankee bullpen’s performance after Sunday’s game, Maddon told reporters: “There really is no solid explanation. I can’t stand here and say that the Yankees pitched that great. We just did not have a good offensive day.” Most managers tip their cap to the opponent but Maddon can’t be bothered because when his team loses it can’t be because the other team is better that day. I’m sure that there was no explanation for Mark Buerhle’s perfect game either, Joe. He is an A–hole. Period!


The Yankees will have Monday off before making their first trip to Fenway Park to play the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.

Tanaka (2-0, 2.05 ERA) steps into his first foray into sports’  biggest rivalry after totally dominating the Cubs on Wednesday. Tanaka, 25, struck out 10 batters and only gave up two bunt singles and a walk in seven very strong innings. I am sure Cubs manager Rich Renteria has no explanation for it.

He will be opposed by left-hander Jon Lester (2-2, 2.17 ERA). Lester evened his record by giving up just one run on seven hits and he struck out nine en route to a victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

Game-time will be 7:10 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast nationally by the MLB Network and locally by MY9.



Garcia Bests Rangers Despite Hamilton’s Blasts

GAME 117


The final score on Wednesday should read Yankees 3, Rangers 0, Josh Hamilton 2.

On a night where a pair of mammoth solo home runs by Hamilton was all Texas could muster for an offense, Freddy Garcia and New York held on to take the first three games of a four-game series between the two top teams in the American League.

The Yankees scored three runs in the third inning off Rangers starter Scott Feldman (6-8) on an RBI double by Nick Swisher, a sacrifice fly off the bat of Curtis Granderson and a big two-out RBI single by the red-hot Eric Chavez.

That was all Garcia eventually would need. But Hamilton made it interesting by launching a 400-foot blast off Garcia into the second deck in right with one out in the fourth inning. It was the first regular-season home run Hamilton has hit in the new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.

The home run also ended a drought of 20 innings in which the Rangers were held scoreless in this series by the Yankees.

The Rangers were able to load the bases on Garcia right after the Hamilton homer. However, Garcia was able to wriggle out of further trouble by inducing Geovany Soto to hit into an inning-ending double play.

But with one out in the sixth, Hamilton was able to connect off Garcia again with a moon shot measured at about 455 feet into second deck in right. It was his major-league leading 34th home run of the season.

But Garcia was able to complete 6 2/3 innings. Other than the two home runs, Garcia shut down the Rangers on just two other hits and a walk and he struck out six to win his third straight start. Garcia now has won five games since he was inserted into the rotation on July 2, which leads the team.

Garcia also is 5-0 with a 1.90 ERA in his last seven starts against the Rangers, dating back to 2004.

Jayson Nix, playing in place of an ailing Robinson Cano, opened the third against Feldman with an infield single, stole second and advanced to third on a lined single by Derek Jeter. Swisher, who was 3-for-8 with two home runs and seven RBIs in the first two games of the series, added to the Rangers’ misery with a bloop opposite-field double that landed just inside the line in left-field to score Nix while Jeter made it to third.

Granderson followed with a high fly to deep center that easily scored Jeter. Then, one out later, Chavez, who entered the day hitting .550 in his last five games, stroked an opposite-field single that scored Swisher.

But after that inning, Feldman got stingy and pitched around a lot of danger to keep the game close.

Feldman left after six innings having given up thee runs on seven hits and four walks and he struck out seven. After going 3-for-3 with runners in scoring position in the third, the Yankees were held to 0-for-8 the rest of the game and they stranded 10 runners.

Boone Logan replaced Garcia with two out and nobody on to retire pinch-hitter Michael Young to end the seventh. David Robertson then pitched a 1-2-3 eight, striking out two batters.

Rafael Soriano came on in the ninth and struck out Hamilton swinging and retired Adrian Beltre on a deep line drive to the warning track in left.

On a play in which Swisher dug out a one-hop throw from Chavez and stayed on the bag on a grounder off the bat of Nelson Cruz, first-base umpire Marty Foster incorrectly ruled that Swisher came off the bag for what was scored an error on Chavez. That added a bit of drama for the crowd of 45,921 who braved an hour and 45 minute rain delay in the Bronx to see this clash of A.L. titans.

But Soriano pitched around the error and retired David Murphy on a ground-ball force out to pick up his 29th save in his 31 opportunities this season.

With the victory, the Yankees have won seven out of their last eight games. They also have a streak of eight straight home victories over the Rangers that dates back to last season.

Their season record is now 70-47, the best record in the American League. The victory also gives the Yankees a six-game edge over the second-place Baltimore Orioles in the American League East. The Rangers fell to 67-49.


  • What has been the biggest knock on the 2012 Yankees? Their supposedly suspect starting pitching, of course, with CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on the disabled list. But David Phelps, Hiroki Kuroda and Garcia have combined to give up just four runs on 12 hits and four walks and fanned 13 batters in 18 2/3 innings against a very good hitting Rangers team. That is a starters’ ERA of 1.93 and a WHIP of 0.86. This staff is better than they might seem just looking at their ERAs. In his nine starts since July 2, Garcia has not given up more than three earned runs in eight of them and he has an ERA of 3.69 in those starts.
  • Chavez continues to turn back the clock to his 2001 season with Oakland in which he hit .288 with 32 home runs and 114 RBIs. Chavez was 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the game. In his last six starts, Chavez is 14-for-23 (.609) with three home runs and seven RBIs. The 34-year-old veteran is doing more than his share filling in for an injured Alex Rodriguez.
  • Swisher is just about as hot as Chavez. In the series he is 4-for-13 (.308) with two home runs and eight RBIs. In his last nine games, he is 13-for-39 (.333) with two home runs and 11 RBIs. His hot streak has raised his season batting average to .263.


  • Some poor strategy and some poor execution of a bunt cost the Yankees a few potential chances to tack on to their lead. Ichiro Suzuki led off the sixth with an infield single. Instead of having Suzuki steal or having Nix bunt Suzuki over, manager Joe Girardi had Nix swing away and he hit into a double play. In the eighth, Nix did bunt after another leadoff infield single by Suzuki and Nix reached first because the bunt was so well placed. However, Jeter popped up his bunt attempt and reliever Mike Adams let it drop and turned it into a double play that killed the rally.
  • Mark Teixeira had a night to forget. He was 0-for-4, struck out three times and he did not get a ball out of the infield. Teixeira entered the game with an eight-game hitting streak in which he was 11-for-32 (.344) with three homers and five RBIs.
  • Russell Martin’s season from hell continues. The Rangers’ pitchers pretty much used the catcher, who entered the game hitting .199, as an escape hatch to big innings. Martin was 0-for-3 with a walk and he stranded seven runners. Martin lined out to right on the first pitch off reliever Alexi Ogando with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.


Cano was held out of Wednesday’s game due to a stiff neck, but Girardi said he did not think it was anything serious. Nix replaced Cano at second base and was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored.  . . .  In Rodriguez’s absence, Chavez, Nix and Casey McGehee have gone a combined 26-for-68 (.382) with seven homers, 15 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 19 starts at third base.


The Yankees can take out their brooms and complete a four-game sweep of the mighty Rangers on Thursday.

Right-hander Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.70 ERA) will get the start for the Yankees. Nova gave up two runs on five hits and a walk and struck out 10 in 7 1/3 innings to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. He is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers will counter with left-hander Derek Holland (7-6, 4.92 ERA). Holland was locked in a pitching duel with Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Holland struck out nine and retired 22 of the 24 batters he faced, but he settled for a no-decision. He may want to wear a batting helmet on the mound Thursday because he is 0-5 with a 9.26 ERA lifetime against the Yankees.

Game-time will be 1:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast nationally by the MLB Network and locally by the YES Network.


Sabathia, Yankees Inflict Dome Damage


If there is ever anything wrong with CC Sabathia just send him to the mound at The Metrodome. It will be like tonic to the ace lefty.
Sabathia (8-5) gave up just one run and three hits in seven innings of dominant work as the New York Yankees throughly embarrassed the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night 10-2.
Sabathia, coming off a poor start in a loss at home to the Seattle Mariners, took it out on the Twins. In his last seven starts in The Metrodome, Sabathia is 6-1 with a 1.70 ERA. The Twins certainly had no answer for him because of their three hits, two were infield dribblers.
The sole solid hit and run came off the bat of Michael Cuddyer, who guessed on a 2-0 fastball and got it for a solo home run to leftfield in the fifth inning.
The Yankees supported Sabathia with 10 runs and 16 hits but it was not the usual suspects that were driving the offense. The bottom three spots in the batting order, Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli, combined to go 7 for 14 (.500), scored five runs and drove in six.
Scott Baker (6-7) was roughed early and often. In three-plus innings Baker was pounded for nine hits, two walks and five runs. But it actually took a five-run sixth inning off two Twins relievers to put the Twins away for the evening. Cano, Gardner and Cervellii were the driving forces in the attack. 
After reliever Brian Duensing struck out Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira singled to left-center. Duesing then issued Alex Rodriguez a walk. One out later, Duensing walked Nick Swisher to load the bases. Cano then broke an 0 for 22 skid with runners in scoring position with a broken bat single to right-center to drive in two runs.

“I was checking the computer what I was doing wrong when I had men on base,” Cano told MLB.com. “As long as I don’t swing at bad pitches and I don’t have bad at-bats, I’m OK.”

Gardner then greeted reliever R.A. Dickey with a long triple to right-center that scored two more runs. Cervelli then completed the Yankees barrage with a single to left to score Gardner and give Sabathia a huge nine-run lead.
“I don’t mind long innings,” Sabathia said to MLB.com. “Especially when we score runs.”
“They got up so early,” Twins outfielder Denard Span told MLB.com. “It was almost like snatching your heart out. So many runs, you could tell [Sabathia] just got confident. I think he knew we were taking strike one. He’d get ahead of us. Once he got ahead of us, it was kind of hard to put aggressive swings on it.”

The Twins had been looking forward to this series ever since the Yankees swept the Twins in a four-game series at Yankee Stadium by a total of four runs. The Yankees rallied to win the last three games in their final at-bat. But the Yankees offensive barrage off Baker pretty much took the starch out of the Twins revenge game plan.
“All goes with starting pitching,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters. “He (Baker) didn’t make any adjustments out there tonight and you have to do that. He didn’t throw it over. He didn’t do too much. He’s got to be better than that and he knows that.” 
Other than Cuddyer’s home run, the only real Twins highlight came in the fourth inning when centerfielder Carlos Gomez robbed Alex Rodriguez of a grand slam home run. Gomez went to the base of the plastic barrier, leaped and took the ball just as it was about to clear it. It ended up as a long sacrifice fly that made it 4-0.
The victory was the Yankees sixth straight on the road and they now have won 12 of their last 14 games. However, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-2 and the Yankees remain one game out of first place in the American League East.
But manager Joe Girardi has to be pleased with the start of this six-game road trip to Minneapolis and Anaheim.
“That’s what you want to do,” Girardi told MLB.com. “You want to win the first game and just get off on the right foot, because these are tough places to play, Minnesota and Anaheim. To have a game like that and start the road trip like that, it’s very nice.”

The Yankees will try to build on the good start with their hottest pitcher taking the mound on Wednesday night. Righthander A.J. Burnett (7-4, 3.86 ERA) has given up just three earned runs in his last four starts. In his last start on Friday against his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays, he gave up two runs and fanned seven in seven innings of a 4-2 victory.
His opponent will be lefty Glen Perkins (4-4, 4.38 ERA). In his last start, Perkins had his sinker working and got 16 of 21 outs via the ground ball as he gave up just one run in seven innings and defeated the Kansas City Royals. However, he is 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA against the Yankees in his career.
Gametime is 8:05 p.m. EDT.
NOTES . . . As expected, the Yankees have selected Alfredo Aceves to take Chien-Ming Wang’s start Thursday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins. Girardi cited the fact that Aceves commands four pitches and he succeeded as a starter last season as reasons he was chosen over Sergio Mitre, who had been pitching very well at Triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Aceves leads all Yankees relievers with a 2.03 ERA. Girardi said he will be on a pitch count of 65. Wang had to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder starin and bursitis . . .  Either Jeter did not hear all that umpire Marty Foster said to him Monday or Foster lied to crew chief John Hirschbeck on Tuesday. Jeter was called out by Foster in the first inning Monday afternoon — though replays showed Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen never tagged him. Jeter said that Foster told him the ball beat Jeter to the bag and it did not matter if he was not tagged. However, Hirschbeck told reporters on Tuesday that Foster told Jeter  “The ball beat you and I had him tagging you.” Considering the Yankee captain rarely argues umpire calls and the fact he has been a class
act ever since he was a rookie in 1996, it is pretty good bet that Foster lied to Hirschbeck to cover his hindquarters. Hirschbeck said on Monday that umpires must look to confirm tags are made and not just assume the runner is always out when the ball beats the runner to the bag. Hirschbeck said Girardi was ejected from the game for arguing a call from Sunday’s game. He did not allow Foster to speak the media on Monday or Tuesday., the Associated Press said . . . Cervelli’s good night at the plate Monday may be his last with the Yankees for a while. Jose Molina is ready to rejoin the team after a long rehab of his strained left quad and could be activated in time for Wednesday night’s game. Cervelli was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs on Tuesday. Though he was hitting just .190 with Double A Trenton when he was called up to replace Molina, the Venezuelan rookie is hitting .287 with the Yankees and has impressed the coaches and the pitching staff with his defensive work behind the plate and his strong throwing arm . . . The Yankees unconditionally released infielder Angel Berroa. Berroa, who was called up from Triple A Scranton-Wilkes Barre to replace infielder Cody Ransom when Ransom pulled a quad muscle, was designated for assignment when Ransom was reactivated from the disabled list. Berroa, the American League Rookie of the Year in 2003, hit .136 in 21 games with the Yankees.

Umpires Calls Help Blue Jays Win


Third base umpire Marty Foster kind of summed up the New York Yankees day on Monday when he said something startling to Derek Jeter.
Foster had just called Jeter out in his attempted steal of third base in the first inning of the Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays. When Jeter told Foster that he was not tagged by Jays third baseman Scott Rolen, Foster told Jeter that it did not matter if he slid around the tag because the ball had beaten him on the play.
“I was baffled by the explanation,” Jeter said after the game, “I was told I was out because the ball beat me. I was unaware of the change in rules.”
That play, which led to the ejection of manager Joe Girardi, was just typical of the struggle the Yankees had to overcome both the Blue Jays and the bad calls of the men in blue.
Girardi said, “I am not a big believer in perception is reality. You’re either out or you’re safe.”
The Yankees did manage to rally from a 7-1 deficit to have a chance to win the game in the ninth inning but fell just short in a 7-6 defeat. That is what called into question all those close plays on Monday that went against the Yankees when replays showed the umpires were wrong.
Jeter had drawn a walk from a very shaky Ricky Romero to open the game. Romero then committed a balk and Jeter was sent to second base. With Nick Swisher batting, Jeter took off for third and, though the ball arrived first, Jeter fooled Rolen by pulling back his left hand and putting his right hand on the bag as Rolen held the glove toward the left hand.
Foster called Jeter out much to the dismay of the Yankee Stadium crowd who had the benefit of replays that showed Jeter clearly was never tagged. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, coming to the defense of his player, was ejected from the game.
Swisher followed with a single to left that would have scored Jeter standing up. Ring up one run the umpires cost the Yankees.
Foster also declined to discuss the call with reporters after the game. Instead he sent crew chief John Hirschbeck to cover his backside. Hirschbeck said he would talk over the call with Foster on Monday or Tuesday.
“You have to make sure that you have a tag,” Hirschbeck said. “It used to be if the ball beat you, you were out. It isn’t that way anymore. It’s not a reason to call someone out. You have to have a clean tag.”

Hirschbeck added that if Jeter’s account of what Foster said is true, Jeter would have a right to be confused.
“In my 27 years in the big leagues, he’s probably the classiest person I’ve been around,” Hirschbeck said. “It would make his actions seem appropriate if that’s what he was told.”

Of course, that call overshadowed an even more blatant error the umpiring crew made in the bottom of the seventh inning,
Melky Cabrera opened the inning with a single to centerfield. Newly acquired reserve Eric Hinske followed with a lined single to right and the Yankees were down 7-2 at the time. Brett Gardner then sent a slow grounder to second baseman Aaron Hill.
Hill fielded the ball, turned and fired to shortstop Marco Scutaro. However, Scutaro mistimed his footwork around the bag and actually came off the bag well before the ball hit his glove. Hinske stopped to prevent being tagged out but second-base umpire Wally Bell called him out before Hinske could do anything.
For decades it has been common practice to give middle infielders the benefit of the doubt around the second-base bag. It has been called “the neighborhood play.” In other words, the umpires will give you the out if you are in the neighborhood.
However, this play — as replays clearly showed — was not even within the same zip code or even the same county. 
Perhaps Hinske would have had a chance to get to second. We will never know. But if he had the Yankees would have the bases loaded and nobody out instead of runners at first and third and one out. 
This is perhaps a another run the umpires cost the Yankees.
In the third inning, Bell blew another call. Scutaro led off the inning by drawing a walk from Yankees starter Andy Pettitte. Hill then grounded into a fielder’s choice that erased Scutaro. 
Vernon Wells then followed by hitting a grounder to Jeter’s right. Jeter cut the ball off, leapt and threw across his body to Robinson Cano to get Hill at second. But Hill was ruled safe by Bell. Television replays showed the ball had beaten Hill by a half-step.
After that play, Scott Rolen struck out and it would have been the third out of the inning. However, because of Bell’s bad call Alex Rios batted and hit a three-run homer to make it 4-1. 
There were even two bang-bang calls at first base by Hirschbeck that went against the Yankees. But it seemed as if the umpires rallying cry on Monday was not “With all our might get it right” but “When in doubt the Yankees are out.”
Ricky Romero (7-3) got the dubious victory. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits, three walks, threw a wild pitch, hit a batter and balked. But the umpires helped him hold his run total down to just three. He entered the game with 20 straight scoreless innings.
Andy Pettitte (8-4) took the loss. Though he seemed to throw the ball well he could not overcome the bad calls. He went six innings, gave up just five hits but walked five and was tagged with six runs. It would have been three if Bell had made the correct call before Rios hit his home run, which barely landed in the first row of the bleachers in leftfield.
Jason Frasor picked up a save, his third, he did not really deserve. Hinske struck out with the tying run at first base just after Frasor had given up a two-run single to pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui.
Despite the loss, the Yankees remain 1 game behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The Red Sox and 42-year-old John Smoltz lost to the Oakland Athletics 6-0.
The Yankees are in Minneapolis for game against the Twins tonight. CC Sabathia (7-5, 3.85 ERA) will start for the Yankees. Scott Baker (6-6, 4.99 ERA) gets the nod for the Twins.
Gametime is 8:10 p.m. EDT.