Five-run Yankee sixth dooms D-Rays in opener

Hero: After recording his first hit and RBI in Friday's game, Duncan, whose father and brother were both major leaguers, turned around a Jae Ryu pitch in the sixth for a two-run homer.

Figure this: The Yankees have won six of their last eight games.

Figure this II: The Devil Rays have lost 12 of their last 14 road games.

Quotable: "I tried to warn the guys last night when he got here that if he scored to be careful, and lo and behold I'm the first one that he tried to take out today." -- Andy Phillips commenting on Duncan's exuberance after hitting the homer

-- ESPN.com news services

Yankees 7, Devil Rays 3 (Game 1)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shelley Duncan is quickly gaining a reputation for ferocious celebrations.

Duncan's first major league homer capped New York's five-run sixth inning, and Hideki Matsui also connected to lead the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

A grinning Duncan slapped some heads and pounded forearms with several teammates after his drive into the seats in left, leaving several of them chuckling about the 27-year-old's exuberance.

"I tried to warn the guys last night when he got here that if he scored to be careful, and lo and behold I'm the first one that he tried to take out today," said Andy Phillips, who played with Duncan at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and scored when he went deep.

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking single for New York, which got a solid effort from shaky starter Kei Igawa. Phillips added a two-run single.

B.J. Upton hit his third homer in two days and Ty Wigginton also connected for Tampa Bay, which won 14-4 in the series opener Friday night. The Devil Rays have lost 14 of their last 18 road games.

All-Star left fielder Carl Crawford of the Devil Rays departed in the fifth with a sprained left ankle that he hurt beating out an infield single in the third. X-rays were negative and manager Joe Maddon said Crawford wouldn't play in the second game.

"I don't think it's bad," Crawford said. "It didn't even really swell up. It's just sore."

Luis Vizcaino (7-2), Kyle Farnsworth, Scott Proctor and Mariano Rivera each got three outs for the Yankees. Proctor gave up Raul Casanova's fifth homer in the eighth. Rivera struck out Jonny Gomes with the bases loaded to end it.

Cano's single in the sixth drove in Bobby Abreu and gave New York a 3-2 lead. It was just his seventh hit in 42 at-bats with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.

Phillips followed Cano with a two-run single and Duncan pulled a 2-1 pitch from Jae Kuk Ryu (1-2) down the line. The Yankee Stadium crowd roared as Duncan, called up on Friday, rounded the bases.

Duncan, whose father and brother both reached the majors, got the OK from his teammates before emerging from the dugout for a curtain call.

"I don't think you could really explain it," said Duncan, who picked up his first big league hit and RBI in Friday night's game. "You get goosebumps. It's one of those things where you're kind of frozen. It's your little moment right there for that brief second."

Upton hit a two-out drive to left-center in the first for his 12th homer. He finished with three hits and is batting .519 (14-for-27) in eight games since coming off the disabled list.

Wigginton's 15th homer made it 2-0 in the second, but Igawa rebounded to shut out Tampa Bay over the next three innings.

"I think he mixed it up better today," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He threw the curve and the slider more often, instead of just fastball-changeup."

The Devil Rays loaded the bases in the third and fifth but failed to score each time. Delmon Young lined into an inning-ending double play in the third, and Wigginton flied to right on Igawa's 94th pitch for the final out of the fifth.

"We had their guy on the ropes," Maddon said. "We just couldn't throw a knockout punch."

Igawa allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked three in five innings. The Japanese left-hander is 0-1 in his last six starts and hasn't won since he threw six shutout innings in relief against Boston on April 28.

"If he keeps the game manageable like he did today, that's a plus for us," Torre said.

Jason Hammel lasted four innings in his first start of the season for Tampa Bay. He gave up three hits, including Matsui's 15th homer.

"I thought I had a few more in me, but there's no reason to get hurt over something silly," said Hammel, who was sent down to Triple-A Durham after the game. "One pitch I didn't execute, Matsui was a sinker down and away. It didn't sink."

Game notes
New York optioned reliever Edwar Ramirez to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game and promoted Matt DeSalvo, who was scheduled to start the second game of the doubleheader. Tampa Bay recalled J.P. Howell from Durham for the start. ... New York DH Jason Giambi took batting practice for the first time since hurting his left foot hopes to rejoin the Yankees by early next month. He took 20 swings in a batting cage at the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., and could start hitting on the field in the next few days.