Final in 11

Series: Game 1 of 3

Tampa Bay leads 1-0 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Monday, September 13
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 14
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 15
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Yankees 0

(87-57, 38-32 away)

Rays 1

(87-56, 44-26 home)

7:10 PM ET, September 13, 2010

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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W: G. Balfour (2-1)

L: S. Mitre (0-3)

Reid Brignac's 11th-inning, walk-off blast vaults Rays into first place in AL East

Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carl Crawford forced a smile, then giggled.

With their four-time All-Star left fielder unwittingly setting the stage for Reid Brignac's 11th-inning homer, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 1-0 to move into first place in the AL East on Monday night.

Brignac, a rookie infielder, entered the game in Crawford's spot in the batting order after Crawford was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the ninth.

"I'm glad he got the opportunity," said Crawford, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. "I don't think I would have done that."

Brignac connected on a 3-2 pitch from Sergio Mitre (0-3), the last of four relievers who followed CC Sabathia. The left-hander pitched eight scoreless innings in pursuit of what would have been his major league-leading 20th win.

Grant Balfour (2-1) pitched one inning to get the win for the Rays, who pulled ahead of the defending world champions for the division lead by a half game.

"It's unbelievable. You feel like you're floating on clouds," Brignac said, describing the trip around the bases and celebration at home plate. "I had a couple of walkoffs in the minors, but nothing like this."

The Yankees have lost a season-high four straight and managed just four hits -- three off 17-game winner David Price -- as the teams began a stretch in which they'll meet seven times over 11 days. They relinquished first place for just the second day since moving atop the standing on June 20.

New York was swept by Texas in a three-game series that began a nine-game, 10-day road trip.

"It's tough, especially because we've lost three or four like this," Sabathia said. "It's been a tough road trip. We need to put this behind us. We've been playing tough. We're not getting the breaks."

With first place and baseball's best record on the line, Sabathia and Price were at their best before a crowd of 26,907 -- about 10,000 shy of capacity -- at Tropicana Field. The left-handers are the top two winners in the AL and showed why, with neither allowing a runner past second base.

Sabathia, who walked two and struck out nine over eight innings, limited the Rays to Kelly Shoppach's third-inning single until Sean Rodriguez opened the eighth with a sharp grounder into centerfield for Tampa Bay's second hit.

After hitting Shoppach with a pitch to put runners at first and second with one out, the Yankees ace struck out B.J. Upton and got Jason Bartlett to ground into a force play to send a scoreless game to the ninth.

Price, second in the AL with 17 wins, allowed three hits, walked two and struck out four over eight innings. He kept the game even, working out of a jam in the seventh by getting Alex Rodriguez to pop to second and Marcus Thames to fly to center after Robinson Cano singled and Mark Teixeira walked with one out.

"Both of them were tremendous," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who didn't have the entire New York bullpen at his disposal with Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson getting an extra day of rest.

"We've got to bounce back. We've had three tough losses on this road trip, really tough losses," Girardi added. "But this is a team with a lot of character, and we'll bounce back."

It was the second career matchup between Sabathia and Price. They also met last Oct. 2 at Tropicana Field, with Price limiting the Yankees to one run and two hits over seven innings to win 13-4 and deny Sabathia a 20th win in his final start of last season.

Price faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings this time, with Derek Jeter being erased on a double play after a first-inning single and Jorge Posada caught stealing after walking on a 3-1 pitch with two outs in the fifth.

Sabathia was just as impressive, breezing through the first eight batters before Shoppach singled and B.J. Upton walked with two outs in the third. Bartlett lined out to end the inning as Sabathia settled into a groove again and retired 12 in a row before walking Ben Zobrist with two outs in the seventh.

Both teams had a chance to win in the 10th. The Yankees threat ended abruptly when pinch-runner Brett Gardner was caught trying to steal third. The Rays wasted their opportunity when pinch hitter Brad Hawpe struck out to leave the bases loaded against Yankees reliever Chad Gaudin.

"That was a good game," Price said. "It was kind of what everybody was expecting, and that's what they got."

Game notes


This was the fourth time in the past five seasons that a pair of AL pitchers with at least 17 wins have faced each other. Two of the other three also involved the Yankees and Red Sox with Chien-Ming Wang facing Josh Beckett in 2007 and Mike Mussina going against Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008. Seattle's Felix Hernandez and Texas' Scott Feldman met in 2009.

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Game Information

StadiumTropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
Attendance26,907 (79% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
Game Time3:29
Weatherindoors
UmpiresHome Plate - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano

Research Notes

FROM ELIAS Last time 2 teams played a 1-0 extra-inning game for first place in a division this late in a season: On 9/17/2002, Angels and Athletics played a 1-0, 10-inning game when they were tied for 1st heading into the game (both at 94-56)
How Rays starter David Price made his case for Cy Young against the Yankees: Price rolled with the fastball, throwing the heater 87.7 percent of the time, which led to 20 outs...The Rays ace mixed up the fastball by changing levels, mostly throwing to the belt line and above. 39 of his fastballs were either middle of the plate or middle-away and the Yankees went 1-13 with 2 K...Price threw 28 of 37 fastballs either up and in or up and away. When he did, the Yankees couldn't catch up to his high 90s fastballs, going 1-7 with 2 K...Only mixed in 14 offspeed pitches (curve and change), but got 8 strikes, 3 of which were on pitches out of the zone.
How Yankees starter CC Sabathia made his case for Cy Young against the Rays: Offspeed stuff was working as Rays were 0-10 with 6 strikeouts against the curve and slider...Sabathia changed levels which kept the Rays off balance. CC threw 45 pitches down, getting the Rays to miss 71.4 percent of those pitches and go 0-7 with 6 strikeouts...When Sabathia went upstairs with 28 pitches, the Rays grounded out 4 times, flew out 3 times, and struck out twice...The Yankees ace threw 63 pitches out of the zone (second-highest this season), and the Rays chased 38.1 percent, leading to 6 strikeouts.
From Elias: The Yankees have suffered 3 walk-off losses in their last 4 games. The last time they had 3 walk-off losses within a 4-game span was June 20-23, 1988.
CC Sabathia pitched 8 scoreless innings and allowed 2 hits but didn┐t get a decision. He is the 5th Yankees starter in the live ball era (since 1920) with 8+ scoreless IP and 2 or fewer hits allowed in a no-decision. The last time was also vs the Rays.
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This is the 3rd time in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) in which the Yankees were shut out and managed 4 hits or fewer, in a game lasting 11+ innings. The other 2 were in 1980 against the Rangers and 2004 against the Angels. It's the first time in Rays history they've had a shutout of 11+ innings, allowing 4 hits or fewer.
The last time the Yankees and Rays played a game vs each other in which each starting pitcher went 8+ innings, allowing no runs and 3 hits or fewer. June 18, 2003- Roger Clemens for the Yankees...Victor Zambrano for the Rays.

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