Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Yankees 5, Rays 3: Some postgame stuff
Posted May 8, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 8, 2012 at 11:53 PM
NEW YORK The Rays had one hit in their first 14 at-bats, struck out a season-high 13 times and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
And they came within a hit or two of winning Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The lack of timely hitting undermined a solid start by James Shields and resulted in a 5-3 loss to the Yankees.
It was the third straight loss to the Rays, who nevertheless remained tied with the Orioles atop of the American League East standings.
It was the Rays first loss this season to the Yankees and first in eight games.
Here are some odds and ends …
—Shields snapped his six-game winning streak, tied for the longest of his career. He allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, but two of those hits were home runs – a two-run shot by Raul Ibanez in the fourth inning and a solo home run by Curtis Granderson in the fifth.
Shields is winless in his last five starts at Yankee Stadium, going 0-4 with a 4.13 ERA.
—Jose Molina, who hit the final home run at the previous Yankee Stadium, hit his second home run of the season in the sixth inning.
—Luke Scott hit his team-leading seventh homer of the season. Five of those have come on the road. He is batting .322 with six home runs against right-handed pitching this season.
—Four of the Yankees five runs scored on home runs. For the season, the Yankees have scored 51.4 percent of their runs on the long ball. The Rays have scored 42 percent of their runs on homers.
—The win was the 400th for Joe Girardi as manager of the Yankees.
—Yankee starter Ivan Nova improved to 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA against the Rays.