PP Game Notes: Yankees 5 - Devil Rays 1

Jason Giambi's three-run homerun in the first inning powered the Yankees to a victory - and sweep - of the Devil Rays on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. Kevin Brown fought through the win to pick up career victory number 200 as the Bombers won 5-1.

Giambi followed back-to-back singles by Bernie Williams and Alex Rodriguez with his second homerun of the season in the first, giving the Yanks a quick 3-0 lead... Brown cruised through the early goings of the game, seemingly unbothered by the steady rain that was falling. He only allowed one run over seven innings of work, improving to 3-0 on the season... The lone D-Ray run came in the third inning. Julio Lugo led off the inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on Jorge Posada's throwing error. He scored on Carl Crawford's single up the middle... Posada made up for his error with a solo homerun in the sixth, his fourth of the year... Gary Sheffield had an RBI double in the third... There was a controversial play in the fourth inning. With a runner on first, Aubrey Huff hit a ball straight down, Jorge Posada fielded, tagged Huff and fired to second for the force out. Only the play wasn't a force out after Posada tagged Huff. Lou Piniella argued with the umpires, but the call stood... Jose Cruz reached base safely for the 28th game in a row, dating back to last year. That is the longest current streak in the majors...

The Yankees are off on Thursday, then start a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox this weekend. Javier Vazquez (1-0, 1.13) will face Curt Schilling (1-0, 3.21) in the first game on Friday at 8:05 PM Eastern Time.

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