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Yankees 7, Devil Rays 1
Posted By Alex Belth On July 9, 2004 @ 8:54 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
Good thing I’m not a betting man, huh? Well, I should have known. How does Jose Contreras  follow an awful performance? With a good one, of course. While nobody in his or her right mind  will believe  that the soporific Cuban has finally worked out the kinks in his game, or that he’s the answer to the Yankees’ pitching problems , Contreras had his forkball and fastball working for him last night, and encountered only one difficult inning, in the fourth . But he came back brilliantly in the fifth and sixth. He left with two men on and two out in the seventh, thanks in part to an error by Alex Rodriguez. Paul Quantrill got the Bombers out of the inning, and Mariano Rivera got a five-out save.
On the other side, Victor Zambrano  was his usual wild self. Zambrano  stands with his legs wide apart when he’s in the set position; he looks like a wishbone ready to be snapped. The guy struggles with his control, but his pitches are incredibly nasty, and they move a lot. He walked the bases loaded in the first, and the Yankees scored a run on Jason Giambi’s sac fly to left. Derek Jeter  drove in the next two runs , and Hideki Matsui drove in two more when he hit a grounds rule double with the bases loaded. Gary Sheffield yanked a slider into the left field seats in the ninth for the final two runs of the game.
In all, it was a good night for the Yankees , who remain six games  ahead of Boston , who beat Oakland  in extra innings at Fenway Park. After a rough time against New York and Atlanta, give the Sox  credit for sweeping the A’s at home.
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URLs in this post:
 Jose Contreras: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/09/sports/baseball/09yankees.html
 right mind: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/210393p-181332c.html
 believe: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/17857.htm
 answer to the Yankees’ pitching problems: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/210387p-181323c.html
 in the fourth: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks093885847jul09,0,3421831.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 Victor Zambrano: http://home.earthlink.net/~derekjacques/2004.07.04_arch.html#1089343228001
 Zambrano: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/210450p-181368c.html
 Derek Jeter: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/17860.htm
 next two runs: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyside093885822jul09,0,3098737.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 the Yankees: http://yankeefan.blogspot.com/2004/07/having-been-swept-by-mets-and-losing.html
 six games: http://www.soxaholix.com/tp/2004/07/fantasize_a_lit.html
 Boston: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/07/09/dodge_ball/
 Oakland: http://www.athleticsnation.com/archives/000390.html#000390
 Sox: http://redsox.bostonherald.com/redSox/view.bg?articleid=34980
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