Final in 11
7:10 PM ET, September 13, 2010
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Reid Brignac's 11th-inning, walk-off blast vaults Rays into first place in AL East
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.
• Reid Brignac's first career walk-off home run puts Tampa Bay into first place. Brignac has seven home runs this year, three against New York.
• The Yankees have lost a season-high four games in a row and seven of eight overall. The Rays, conversely, have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
• This was the first game of season in which both starting pitchers went eight or more scoreless innings while allowing three hits or fewer.
• Tampa Bay takes sole possession of the AL East division lead for first time since August 3.
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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.
Regular Season Series
|Tampa Bay leads 10-8 (as of Mon 9/13)|
|Fri 4/9||@TB 9, NYY 3||Recap|
|Sat 4/10||NYY 10, @TB 0||Recap|
|Sun 4/11||NYY 7, @TB 3||Recap|
|Wed 5/19||TB 10, @NYY 6||Recap|
|Thu 5/20||TB 8, @NYY 6||Recap|
|Fri 7/16||@NYY 5, TB 4||Recap|
|Sat 7/17||TB 10, @NYY 5||Recap|
|Sun 7/18||@NYY 9, TB 5||Recap|
|Fri 7/30||@TB 3, NYY 2||Recap|
|Sat 7/31||NYY 5, @TB 4||Recap|
|Sun 8/1||@TB 3, NYY 0||Recap|
|» Mon 9/13||@TB 1, NYY 0||Box Score|
|Tue 9/14||NYY 8, @TB 7||Recap|
|Wed 9/15||@TB 4, NYY 3||Recap|
|Mon 9/20||@NYY 8, TB 6||Recap|
|Tue 9/21||@NYY 8, TB 3||Recap|
|Wed 9/22||TB 7, @NYY 2||Recap|
|Thu 9/23||TB 10, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Yankees | Rays|
|11th||R Brignac homered to right (383 feet).||0||1|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||26,907 (79% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|
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.[+]
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.
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