Alex Rodriguez laced a grand slam to put the Bombers ahead in the first. (Kathy Willens/AP)
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Derek Jeter notched three hits to tie Lou Gehrig for the most knocks at Yankee Stadium, and Alex Rodriguez belted his 17th grand slam as the Yankees opened their final homestand at the Cathedral with a series victory over the Rays.
BATTING 2B: Floyd, C (13, Pavano). HR: Perez, F (1, 2nd inning off Pavano, 2 on, 2 out). TB: Bartlett; Longoria; Floyd, C 3; Hinske; Perez, F 5. RBI: Perez, F 3 (3), Iwamura (42). 2-out RBI: Perez, F 3; Iwamura. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Iwamura 2; Bartlett 2; Aybar, W. Team RISP: 2-for-9. Team
BATTING 2B: Rodriguez, I (20, Jackson, E), Jeter (25, Jackson, E), Rodriguez, Al (33, Price). HR: Rodriguez, Al (34, 1st inning off Jackson, E, 3 on, 0 out), Giambi (30, 2nd inning off Jackson, E, 1 on, 2 out),
Jeter (11, 5th inning off Price, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Giambi 4; Jeter 7; Damon 2; Betemit; Rodriguez, Al 6; Rodriguez, I 2. RBI: Rodriguez, Al 4 (100), Giambi 2 (92), Jeter (68), Betemit (23). 2-out RBI: Giambi 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ransom; Gardner, B. GIDP: Jeter, Rodriguez, I. Team RISP: 3-for-6. Team LOB: 2.