03/08/08 4:30 PM ET
Garza, Price star in Rays' win
Righty tosses three shutout innings; No. 1 pick strikes out side
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
at Tampa, Fla.
Saturday, March 8 Rays at the plate: Jonny Gomes opened the scoring with a solo home run off Mike Mussina in the second inning, a blast to right field that appeared to be partially wind-aided. Evan Longoria singled in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on a Willy Aybar sacrifice fly. Hector Gimenez hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth, and Aybar scored on a passed ball later in the inning.
Yankees at the plate: The Yankees loaded the bases in the first inning on a Johnny Damon double and two walks but did not score. New York tied the game in the sixth inning, when Jason Giambi singled to right field, scoring Bernie Castro from second base as he snuck in under Shawn Riggins' tag.
Rays on the mound: Making his second start of the Grapefruit League season, right-hander Matt Garza started off shaky but soon settled in. After leaving the bases loaded in the first, Garza faced the minimum over the next two innings, holding the Yankees scoreless on one hit in three frames. He walked two and struck out two, throwing 50 pitches (31 strikes). David Price, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, made his Grapefruit League debut in the seventh inning and hit the first batter he faced, Francisco Cervelli, on the left arm before striking out his next three batters. Brian Anderson and Scott Munter both threw scoreless innings before Kirt Birkins allowed a run on two hits in the sixth.
Yankees on the mound: In his second start of the spring, Mussina struck out five and limited the Rays to one run on two hits over 2 2/3 innings, throwing 54 pitches before being lifted. The run he allowed came on Gomes' home run, and he walked one. Chris Britton did not allow a runner in 1 1/3 innings, while Kyle Farnsworth threw a perfect fifth.
Up next: The Rays are back at home on Sunday, meeting the Reds at Progress Energy Park in St. Petersburg. Right-hander Edwin Jackson will make the start for Tampa Bay, and right-hander Matt Belisle will get the call for Cincinnati. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. ET.
The Yankees gear up for a long bus ride south to Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday, when they'll meet the Twins for the second time this spring. Right-hander Phil Hughes will draw the assignment for New York, with right-hander Boof Bonser countering for Minnesota. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.