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Yankees reach October
Yankees 12, Devil Rays 4
Yankees manager Joe Torre (center) celebrates with Hideki Matsui. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
Under .500 as recently as July 7, the Yankees clinched their 13th straight playoff appearance with Wednesday's win, which was all but decided after a seven-run fifth inning that included a three-run homer by Robinson Cano. Chien-Ming Wang tied a career high with his 19th win of the season.
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Series at a glance:
NYY
NY Yankees (91-67)
Won 1
NY Yankees 12, Tampa Bay 4   TB
Tampa Bay (65-93)
Lost 1
September 26, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Yankees
0 0 0 2 7 3 0 0 0   12 18 0
Tampa Bay
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0   4 12 1
Standings thru 9/26/07  |  Recap: NYY|TB  |  Gameday  |  Yankees Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
NY YankeesABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Damon, LF6230011.267
Jeter, SS5232022.322
Abreu, RF5311103.282
Rodriguez, 3B3100223.309
Posada, C6133005.336
Cano, 2B5125002.305
Duncan, DH3110113.250
  a-Giambi, PH-DH1010000.239
Mientkiewicz, 1B5141001.274
Cabrera, CF4000126.275
Totals431218125826 

a-Singled for Duncan in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Duncan (1, Howell), Mientkiewicz 2 (11, Dohmann, Witasick), Jeter (38, Salas), Damon (25, Stokes).
HR: Jeter (12, 4th inning off Howell, 0 on, 0 out), Cano (19, 5th inning off Howell, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Damon 4; Jeter 7; Abreu; Posada 3; Cano 5; Duncan 2; Giambi; Mientkiewicz 6.
RBI: Jeter 2 (71), Cano 5 (94), Posada 3 (89), Mientkiewicz (24), Abreu (99).
2-out RBI: Posada 2; Cano 3; Mientkiewicz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Damon; Duncan; Cabrera 3; Rodriguez; Posada 2.
SF: Jeter.
GIDP: Cano.
Team LOB: 11.

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 3B3110002.282
  a-Guzman, PH-3B2010000.320
Velandia, 2B5010031.371
Pena, 1B3112102.277
Upton, CF3020010.305
  Ruggiano, CF2010010.333
Young, RF5010004.291
Norton, DH5130010.246
Gomes, LF3112123.248
Navarro, C2000101.227
  b-Paul, PH-C1000000.190
Wilson, SS4000003.232
Totals3841243816 

a-Grounded out for Iwamura in the 6th. b-Flied out for Navarro in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Norton (9, Vizcaino).
3B: Iwamura (9, Wang).
HR: Pena (43, 5th inning off Wang, 0 on, 1 out), Gomes (17, 8th inning off Vizcaino, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Iwamura 3; Guzman; Velandia; Pena 4; Upton 2; Ruggiano; Young; Norton 4; Gomes 4.
RBI: Pena 2 (118), Gomes 2 (48).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young 3; Wilson; Iwamura; Gomes; Pena.
SF: Pena.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Upton (22, 2nd base off Wang/Posada).

FIELDING
E: Wilson (21, fielding).
DP: (Velandia-Wilson-Pena).

 
NY YankeesIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wang (W, 19-7)6.07223613.70
Chamberlain 1.01000100.40
Vizcaino 1.04220014.36
Rivera 1.00000102.82
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Howell (L, 1-6)4.26983427.59
Dohmann 0.11000103.34
Ridgway 0.1433000189.00
Salas 1.23000203.72
Witasick 1.03000005.17
Stokes 1.01002107.07

WP: Chamberlain, Howell.
HBP: Rodriguez (by Howell).
Pitches-strikes: Wang 94-54, Chamberlain 14-9, Vizcaino 17-13, Rivera 10-8, Howell 93-55, Dohmann 7-4, Ridgway 25-13, Salas 25-18, Witasick 16-10, Stokes 31-17.
Ground outs-fly outs: Wang 7-5, Chamberlain 1-1, Vizcaino 1-2, Rivera 1-1, Howell 7-3, Dohmann 0-0, Ridgway 0-1, Salas 2-1, Witasick 2-0, Stokes 0-2.
Batters faced: Wang 28, Chamberlain 4, Vizcaino 7, Rivera 3, Howell 25, Dohmann 2, Ridgway 5, Salas 8, Witasick 4, Stokes 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Dohmann 1-1, Salas 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Paul Nauert. 2B: Mike DiMuro. 3B: Gerry Davis.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:29.
Att: 21,621.

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