Rays Hit 5 Solo HRs Off Sabathia, Price Dominant in Rays’ 5-1 Win Over Yankees By Associated Press Aug. 12 (Washington Post) -- NEW YORK — Be certain, Joe Maddon was impressed with all the homers the Rays hit. David Price and a few big plays in the field, though, is what really got him excited. Johnny Damon, Casey Kotchman and Kelly Shoppach all connected in the third inning for three of Tampa Bay's five solo home runs against CC Sabathia, and Price again came out on top in a matchup of these elite lefties, lifting the Rays over the New York Yankees 5-1 Friday night. "You talk about the homers, but the pitching and defense were spectacular," the Rays manager said. With a full moon looming over the famed Yankee Stadium frieze in right field, light-hitting Elliot Johnson and Evan Longoria also homered — the 100th of his career — in Tampa Bay's fifth straight win. The five homers were the most Sabathia (16-7) has allowed in
Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon , teammates on the 2004 Red Sox club that won Boston’s first championship in 86 years, will play together again in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays, MLB.com reported, citing a person not identified by the website.
Catcher Kelly Shoppach drove in five runs with two homers and rookie Matt Moore threw seven scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 9-0 in their American League Division Series. The New York Yankees- Detroit Tigers playoff game was suspended by rain.