Immediately after the game, the Yankees acquired All-Star right
fielder Bobby Abreu and pitcher Cory Lidle from Philadelphia for
four minor league prospects -- including 2005 first-round draft pick
"I think we are going to be a better team on Tuesday," Damon
said anticipating the arrival of his new teammates. "I think it's
a great move for us."
Damon took care of the offense on Sunday. He hit his 12th homer
off James Shields (4-5) in the fifth inning to give New York a 3-2
lead before connecting again in the seventh. It was his tenth
career multihomer game and second this season.
"It's kind of funny," Damon said. "I haven't hit any home
runs in a long while. I haven't even been hitting homers in batting
The two long drives came as no surprise to Yankees manager Joe
"Johnny has that kind of power," Torre said. "I've
experienced it sitting in the same seat, but unfortunately he had a
different uniform on then."
That would be 2004 when Damon's grand slam in Game 7 helped the
Boston Red Sox finish off the Yankees in the American League
playoffs and reach the World Series.
Now Damon is trying to catch his old team.
Mussina (13-3) played his part against Tampa Bay, allowing just
five hits. He struck out eight, walked two and has not lost since
Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon was impressed.
"He's been pitching well all year," Maddon said. "His
velocity is up. When you combine that with his competitive nature
it makes it tough. He pitches up with his fastball as well as
The win was the 237th of Mussina's career, passing Whitey Ford
and tying Clark Griffith and Waite Hoyt for 55th place on the
Mussina was excited about the acquisition of Lidle.
"He is a veteran pitcher who throws strikes and gets
groundballs," Mussina said. "I think he'll be a solid pitcher for
Shields yielded four runs and eight hits in seven innings. He
struck out six and walked one.
Tampa Bay came right back in the fourth.
Travis Lee singled with one out, moved up on a walk to Jorge
Cantu and scored on a single by Jonny Gomes. Then Tomas Perez's
seventh straight hit scored Cantu with the tying run. Mussina then
struck out Josh Paul to end the inning.
The Yankees also sent reliever Matt Smith, catcher Jesus
Sanchez and right-hander Carlos Monasterios to the Phillies in the
trade. ... Perez followed his five straight hits Saturday with hits
his first two times up Sunday. The seven straight hits were one
short of the Tampa Ray record held by Aubrey Huff. ... Attendance
was 54,102, the 33rd sellout of the season.