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ST. Donnie Avery Black Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla.
—That big lead in the AL East is gone. The New York Yankees are in a free-fall
thats seen them blow a 10-game cushion over the past 47 days. “Were scuffling a
little bit, but hopefully be able to break out of it tomorrow,” Derek Jeter said
Tuesday night after a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays dropped the Yankees into a
tie for first place with surging Baltimore. New York had been sitting atop the
division standings by itself for 84 consecutive days—its longest streak since
2004. “Nothing changes. We play everybody. How many games do we have left?”
Jeter said. “Win all of them, were good, right? We dont have to worry about
anybody else. We still have games left. Weve got to find ways to win, thats the
bottom line. Nothings changed. You hope you have that one game where it seems to
snowball from there.” The frustration, however, has started to show: Yankees
manager Joe Girardi was ejected by plate umpire Tony Randazzo in the fourth
inning for arguing after Chris Dickerson was called out on strikes.
Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead homer and Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton also
connected for the third-place Rays, who have won four straight to pull within 1
1/2 games of the Orioles and Yankees. Tampa Bay, which has made the playoffs
three of the past four seasons—twice as division champions—trailed by 10
1/2 games at the end of play on July 18. New York opened its largest lead of the
year that day (10 games) but is 19-26 since. The Yankees biggest cushion in a
season in which they failed to finish first was six games in 1933, according to
STATS LLC. Since divisional play began in 1969, New York has advanced to the
post-season each of the last 15 times it has been in first place at the start of
September. “The team is not playing good right now, but weve just got to forget
about this game and just go out there and play hard tomorrow,” Robinson Cano
said. “Were tied. Its time to start at zero. Just keep playing hard, and forget
about what happened the past few weeks. Just focus on the game.” Longoria hit a
two-run shot off Freddy Garcia (7-6), wiping out a 2-1 deficit in the third
inning. Jennings and Upton delivered back-to-back solo shots in the fifth,
giving Alex Cobb (9-8) and Tampa Bays bullpen all the offensive support theyd
need against the Yankees sputtering lineup. The Rays improved to 7-1 at home
against the Yankees this season before a crowd of just 17,652—down from
28,585 the previous day. They have won 11 of 12 between the teams at Tropicana
Field dating to July 2011. “We said from the start of spring training this is
how it was going to be,” Upton said. “A lot of people on our side kind of wrote
it off when we were 10 1/2 games out, but Ive been around long enough to know
that this is a long season. A lot of things can happen, especially with the
second wild card in place,” the Tampa Bay centre fielder added. “So we kept our
heads up and were playing good baseball. We find ourselves a game and a half out
in September. Theres still a long way to go, a pretty tough schedule. We know
whats ahead of us.” Cano matched a career high for New York with his 29th homer,
a two-run shot off Cobb, who allowed four hits over seven innings.
Fernando Rodney earned his major league-best 42nd save in 44 opportunities. The
Yankees, who have lost five of six, finished with six hits. It was the fifth
consecutive games theyve been held to six or fewer—their longest such stretch
since going six straight from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 1990. It appeared Dickerson
wanted timeout in the fourth, but Randazzo did not grant it and Dickerson went
down looking to end the inning. Dickerson didnt seem to like the call and
moments later Girardi came storming out of the dugout, yanked his cap off his
head and argued face-to-face with Randazzo. Before heading back to the dugout,
Girardi kicked dirt in the batters box. “Dickerson didnt call timeout. Dickerson
thought it was ball three,” Girardi said, declining to comment further.
Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 4 with a ninth-inning infield hit in his second game
since spending six weeks on the disabled list with a broken left hand.
Curtis Granderson returned to the starting lineup after sitting out most of two
games with a sore right hamstring and went 0 for 3. Cano played despite
experiencing tightness in his left hip reaching for a grounder that got past him
for the game-deciding hit during the eighth inning of Mondays 4-3 loss to the
Rays. He got treatment following the game and again early Tuesday before Girardi
penciled him into the lineup. Jennings and Upton homered five pitches apart to
begin the fifth. Upton, who hit a solo shot off CC Sabathia in Mondays series
opener, also doubled on a 3-0 pitch to drive in Tampa Bays first run of the
night. Garcia allowed five runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. The loss was the
right-handers first since July 30. NOTES: Cano has 22 homers and 84 RBIs in 130
career games against Tampa Bay. ... Longoria started at DH rather than his
customary spot at third base as manager Joe Maddon continues to be careful with
the hamstring injury that sidelined the three-time All-Star for 85 games. ...
Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte is set to throw to hitters Wednesday for the first
time since breaking his left ankle in June and being placed on the 60-day
disabled list. ... New York 1B Mark Teixeira, sidelined the past seven games
with a strained left calf, took batting practice and ran on a treadmill. He
might field some grounders Wednesday and could return to the lineup as soon as
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. Blue-and-orange Oklahoma City Thunder flags flutter vehicles around the city
and the state, a tribute to a team that four years ago was among the leagues
worst. An Oklahoma City skyscraper has a “Lets Go Thunder” banner strung across
it, and a local shop has a giant fake beard at its entrance to mimic Thunder
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wearing Chelsea blue jerseys, cheered as their soccer (football) hero ran
through the centre of Swindon on Wednesday. The 34-year-old waved as he trotted
along with the torch. Drogba announced on Tuesday that he was quitting Chelsea,
just days after scoring the winning penalty shot in the clubs dramatic Champions
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have placed first baseman Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list because of a
strained left calf.SASKATOON—Drew Burko passed for 321 yards and four
touchdowns as the Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the UBC Thunderbirds 54-24 in
CIS football on Friday. With the win, the Huskies (5-3) finish third in the
Canada West division and will face provincial rivals the Regina Rams (6-2) in a
semifinal on Nov. 2 at Mosaic Stadium. The No. 7 Rams blanked the University of
Alberta 19-0 in Fridays other CIS game. The Thunderbirds wrapped their season
with a 2-6 record. Saskatchewans Cole Samson and UBCs Thomas Moult traded field
goals early in the first quarter before Burko hit Charlie Power with a 34-yard
TD pass at 1:40 to go ahead 10-3. Burko carried the momentum into the second,
finding Mitch Stevens with a 52-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-3. Shane
Buchanan punched in a touchdown from the one-yard line two minutes later for the
Huuskies, but UBC cut into the lead with a 15-yard touchdown reception from
Patrick Bull at 6:24 to cut the deficit to 24-10. Donnie Avery Womens Jersey. Saskatchewan
entered the half up 31-10 after Chase Bradshaw ran in a major from the red zone
with 1:47 left in the second. Burko hit Stevens again from 35 yards out for the
only score of the third. Daniel English opened the fourth with a 12-yard
touchdown catch for the Thunderbirds, but Jarvis James put Saskatchewan up 45-17
when he ran in a TD from 68 yards out. Burko found Braeden George from eight
yards out and UBCs Lucas Spagnuolo run in a TD to round out the scoring. No. 7
Rams 19 Golden Bears 0 At Regina, Landon Buchs touchdown rush from the one-yard
line in the second quarter was all the offence the Rams needed to keep the
University of Alberta (0-8) winless on the season. ’ ’ ’ 

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