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Yankees 8, Rays 4
Alex Rodriguez leans as he watches his ninth-inning home run. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
Hoping to keep their postseason dreams alive, the Yanks beat the Rays for their third straight win, and in the victory, Alex Rodriguez belted career homer No. 549, which was historic for two reasons. It gave him sole possession of 12th on the all-time list, and his disputed homer became the first one used in instant replay.
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Series at a glance:
NYY
NY Yankees (75-64)
Won 3
NY Yankees 8, Tampa Bay 4   TB
Tampa Bay (84-53)
Lost 2
September 3, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Yankees
0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 2   8 12 0
Tampa Bay
1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1   4 8 0
Standings thru 9/3/08  |  Recap: NYY | TB  |  Gameday  |  Yankees stats  |  Rays stats
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Damon, CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 .316
Jeter, SS 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 .295
Abreu, RF 4 2 2 0 1 1 2 .301
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 4 2 3 4 1 1 1 .315
Giambi, 1B 4 1 1 1 1 1 3 .250
  1-Ransom, PR-1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .600
Nady, LF 4 1 0 0 1 1 4 .318
Matsui, DH 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .303
Cano, 2B 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .269
Rodriguez, I, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .281
Totals 38 8 12 8 4 8 14  

1-Ran for Giambi in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Cano (28, Jackson, E), Rodriguez, I (18, Jackson, E), Abreu (36, Jackson, E), Rodriguez, Al (32, Jackson, E), Giambi (15, Jackson, E).
HR: Rodriguez, Al (31, 9th inning off Percival, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Cano 3; Matsui; Giambi 2; Jeter; Damon; Rodriguez, Al 7; Rodriguez, I 2; Abreu 3.
RBI: Cano (61), Rodriguez, I (35), Rodriguez, Al 4 (90), Giambi (87), Matsui (44).
2-out RBI: Cano; Rodriguez, I; Matsui; Rodriguez, Al 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, Al; Damon; Rodriguez, I; Nady.
Team RISP: 7-for-14.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Abreu 2 (18, 2nd base off Jackson, E/Navarro, D, 2nd base off Percival/Navarro, D), Damon (26, 2nd base off Jackson, E/Navarro, D).
CS: Rodriguez, Al (3, 2nd base by Balfour/Navarro, D).

FIELDING
DP: (Cano).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 .278
Upton, B, CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 .272
Pena, C, 1B 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .248
Floyd, C, DH 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 .276
  a-Zobrist, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222
Aybar, W, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .246
Hinske, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .252
Navarro, D, C 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .289
Gross, RF 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 .242
Bartlett, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .279
Totals 34 4 8 4 3 3 12  

a-Struck out for Floyd, C in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Upton, B (33, Pavano), Floyd, C (11, Pavano), Navarro, D (22, Pavano), Iwamura (29, Veras).
HR: Gross (12, 4th inning off Pavano, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Gross 5; Upton, B 3; Floyd, C 3; Navarro, D 2; Iwamura 2.
RBI: Floyd, C (34), Gross 2 (36), Iwamura (40).
2-out RBI: Floyd, C; Gross 2; Iwamura.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Aybar, W; Bartlett; Hinske; Upton, B.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gross (4, 2nd base off Pavano/Rodriguez, I), Upton, B (41, 2nd base off Pavano/Rodriguez, I).

FIELDING
DP: (Navarro, D-Bartlett).

 
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pavano 4.0 6 3 3 2 1 1 4.20
Ramirez, E (W, 5-1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.61
Coke (H, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Bruney (H, 8) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.33
Veras 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 0 3.62
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jackson, E (L, 11-9) 3.1 10 6 6 1 2 0 4.07
Bradford 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.16
Howell 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.59
Balfour 2.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1.38
Percival 0.2 1 2 2 1 0 1 4.08
Salas 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 10.38

Pavano pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.

HBP: Bartlett (by Pavano).
Pitches-strikes: Pavano 79-47, Ramirez, E 11-8, Coke 26-17, Bruney 11-7, Veras 20-11, Jackson, E 70-46, Bradford 7-5, Howell 34-22, Balfour 25-15, Percival 25-16, Salas 8-2.
Groundouts-flyouts: Pavano 4-5, Ramirez, E 0-0, Coke 2-2, Bruney 2-0, Veras 1-0, Jackson, E 3-0, Bradford 2-0, Howell 2-1, Balfour 1-0, Percival 1-1, Salas 0-0.
Batters faced: Pavano 21, Ramirez, E 3, Coke 6, Bruney 3, Veras 5, Jackson, E 21, Bradford 3, Howell 6, Balfour 6, Percival 4, Salas 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Ramirez, E 2-0, Bradford 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Greg Gibson. 1B: Jerry Layne. 2B: Charlie Reliford. 3B: Brian Runge.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:31.
Att: 25,211.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
September 3, 2008
September 3, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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