Game 102: Yankees @ Rays

9:47: Posada grounds out and that's a wrap. But don;t worry. The Lance Berkman Era begins tomorrow

9:46: Cano pops to the infield and the Yanks are down to their final out

9:45: Can A-Rod retire happily with 599 career HRs? because it sure looks like he's going to. Fouls out to first for second straight time and Yanks have one out in the ninth.

9:43: Rays closer Rafael Soriano on to face A-Rod in the ninth, Now this is what we came to see

9:41: Another 1-2-3 for Joba. Up next: a genuine A-Rod Moment

9:35: Benoit sets the Yankees down in order which means if Joba can hold it here, A-Rod will lead off the ninth with a chance to tie the game on his -- drum roll, please -- 600th Homer!

9:26: a much-needed 1-2-3 seventh from Joba; RHP Joaquin Benoit pitching for the Rays; A-Rod due to bat fourth in the inning

9:23: Two batters, two Ks as Joba gets Brignac on a check swing at a curve in the dirt

9:22: Good start for Joba, who blows a heater past Upton for the first out

9:18: Yankees down in order in the seventh and here comes Joba!

9:05: Joyce hits Hughes' 2-2 pitch into the RF seats and we've got a new ballgame, 3-2 Rays in the sixth

9:03: Pena reaches on a fielder's choice, Jaso to third, two out in the sixth, Matt Joyce at bat

9:00: Jaso leads off the sixth with a single, TB's third hit of the night, goes to second on a wild pitch, then Hughes walks Longoria to get into his first jam of the night

8:52: Cano's bloop single with one out in the sixth is Yankees' first hit since first inning, but he is quickly erased on Posada's DP ball

8:50: And now the tally is 33 as A-Rod fouls out to the first baseman.

8:43: Hughes finishes the fifth by getting Bartlett to fly out. A-Rod coming up second this inning

8:40: Hughes catches Brignac looking at an inside fastball for the second out

8:33: Tampa gets just its second hit of the night as Aybar singles leading off the fifth

8:28: Swisher Ks to end the fifth and we'll have Mr. 599 once again in the sixth. Batting second in the inning. Set your DVRs

8:26: Gardner steals second with two out, No. 30 on the season

8:23: Combination of Gardner's great speed + Joyce's lousy throw save Yankees from inning ending DP on Jeter hit/run fly out in fifth

8:19: Gardner works out a one-out walk in a 10-pitch at-bat; Mr. 599 might come to bat this inning

8:13: Hughes pitches another 1-2-3 in the fourth. Rays have one hit (first inning) and one walk (second)

7:57: The tally is now 32 HR-less ABs as A-Rod flies to shallow right on a 3-2 pitch to end the third

7:44: Hughes walks B.J. Upton with two out in the second

7:37: Yanks down quietly in the second; Mr. 599 will bat third next inning

7:32: Hughes strikes out Pena to end the first

7:27: Longoria singles with two out off Hughes

7:17: A-Rod strikes out on a 3-2 FB clocked at 95, and if you;re still counting, that's 31 homerless ABs since 599

7:15: Teixeira strikes out swinging and here comes Mr. 599 for the first time tonight

7:13: Swisher crushes a first-pitch fastball into the RF seats for an early 2-0 Yankee lead

7:12: Jeter lines a single to left-center to open the game

7:10: Wade Davis' first pitch is a ball to Jeter; weather: 72 inside, 89 outside

Pre-game Clubhouse Chatter: Jorge Posada, who missed two of the four games in Cleveland with soreness caused by a cyst behind his left knee, returns to the lineup tonight, catching and batting sixth . . . Colin Curtis gets his first career start at DH. . . Andy Pettitte, expected to be sideline for another four weeks due to a left groin strain suffered on July 19, worked out at the Yankees minor league complex here today, playing catch and engaging in some agility drills. Joe Girardi said Pettitte is "progressing well'' and would be re-evaluated by the training staff on Sunday . . . Alfredo Aceves, on the DL since May 12 with a lower back strain, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday and could face hitters, either in batting practice or in a simulated game, as early as next week. "I don't really think he's out of the woods yet,'' Girardi said. "He basically hasn't thrown a pitch in three months.'' . . . The Yankees flight landed in Tampa about 3 a.m. after the nearly four-hour game in Cleveland Thursday night, and din;t arrive at their hotel until nearly 4 a.m. They did not send tonight's starter, Phil Hughes, ahead of the club, so he got as little sleep as the rest of the team in preparation for tonight's start. "We didn't anticipate we would get in so late,'' Girardi said. . . all three games of this series are said to be sold-out a rare occurrence for a team that generally averages about 22,000 fans per night in a ballpark that can hold 45,000. "It should be a very good atmosphere,'' Girardi said.

Here are the lineups for tonight's game, first pitch at 7:10 p.m.:


Jeter SS

Swisher RF

Teixeira 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Posada C

Granderson CF

Curtis DH

Gardner LF

Hughes RHP


Jaso C

Crawford LF

Longoria 3B

Pena 1B

Joyce RF

Aybar DH

Upton CF

Brignac 2B

Bartlett SS

Davis RHP