Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thursday lineups, results

The Rays face the Yankees today with the lower-level teams at home and the higher guys in Tampa at the Yanks' playpen.

Lineups ...
Durham -- Perez, dh; Brignac, ss; Ruggiano, rf; Longoria, 3b; Gimenez, dh; Owens, cf; Martinez, 1b; Bannon, 2b; Andrus, lf; Arhart, c.
Montgomery -- Eldridge, cf; Groce, lf; Jaso, c; Nowak, 3b; Hughes, 1b; Pedroza, rf; Hall, dh; Asanovich, 2b; Spring, dh; Walton, ss.
Vero Beach -- Matulia, cf; Dhaenens, ss; Ashley, c; Fields, 1b; Royster, lf; Stewart, dh; Fontaine, 2b; Brennan, rf; O'Malley, dh; Mayer, 3b.
Columbus -- Salem, cf; Callender, 2b; Fronk, lf; McCormick, c; Sexton, 3b; Cipriano, dh; Wrigley, 1b; Luna, ss; Reynolds, dh; Jones, rf.
Short-season game -- Ross, 2b; Estrada, ss; Sonoqui, 1b; Carroll, 3b; Kang, lf; Novas, rf; Biell, cf; Edwards, dh; Acosta, c; Hauschild, dh.

Higher-level results ...
Reid Brignac and Josh Arhart homered in the Triple-A game, which ended in a 3-3 tie. Fernando Perez, hitting left-handed, led off the game with a shot high off the batter's eye (which is in play) and easily had a triple. Brignac followed with his home run, taking an 0-2 curveball from former Biscuit Jose Veras over the right-field wall.

In the Double-A game, a 5-4 Yankee victory, Jino Gonzalez pitched two solid innings, while Rhyne Hughes was 2-for-3 with an RBI. J.T. Hall hit a two-run triple.

The Yankees threw Mariano Rivera in the second inning of the Triple-A game. He struck out Jeremy Owens and walked Gabriel Martinez on five pitches before Jeff Bannon grounded into a double play.

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