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Hughes delivers again
Yankees 3, Devil Rays 1
Jose Molina plates Shelley Duncan and Robinson Cano in the seventh. (Reinhold Matay/AP)
The Yankees closed the gap at the top of the American League East to two games thanks to their victory over the Rays and Boston's loss to Minnesota. Phil Hughes gave New York a fine start, allowing just one run on four hits. Jose Molina had the game's decisive hit, a two-run single that plated Shelley Duncan and Robinson Cano.
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Series at a glance:
NYY
NY Yankees (92-67)
Won 2
NY Yankees 3, Tampa Bay 1   TB
Tampa Bay (65-94)
Lost 2
September 27, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Yankees
0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0   3 7 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1 6 1
Standings thru 9/27/07  |  Recap: NYY|TB  |  Gameday  |  Yankees Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
NY YankeesABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Damon, CF4021011.269
Betemit, 3B4000022.222
Matsui, LF4000012.285
Giambi, DH4000020.236
Duncan, 1B4110010.250
Cano, 2B3110120.305
Molina, C4012031.251
Sardinha, RF3010001.200
Gonzalez, SS2110101.143
Totals323732128 

BATTING
2B: Damon (26, Kazmir), Cano (40, Switzer).
TB: Damon 3; Duncan; Cano 2; Molina; Sardinha; Gonzalez.
RBI: Damon (61), Molina 2 (19).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Matsui 2.
GIDP: Sardinha.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Damon (27, 2nd base off Glover/Navarro).
CS: Gonzalez (1, 2nd base by Glover/Navarro).

FIELDING
DP: (Hughes-Cano-Duncan).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 3B3010101.282
Velandia, 2B-SS3000022.342
Pena, 1B2111111.278
Upton, CF3000013.303
Young, RF4010003.291
Norton, DH4010001.246
Gomes, LF4000032.245
Navarro, C4000001.224
Wilson, SS2010000.234
  a-Casanova, PH1010000.232
  1-Harris, PR-2B0000000.286
Totals301612714 

a-Doubled for Wilson in the 8th.
1-Ran for Casanova in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Casanova (1, Chamberlain).
HR: Pena (44, 4th inning off Hughes, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Iwamura; Pena 4; Young; Norton; Wilson; Casanova 2.
RBI: Pena (119).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young; Upton; Navarro.
S: Velandia.
GIDP: Young.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
CS: Wilson (2, 2nd base by Hughes/Molina).

FIELDING
E: Navarro (14, throw).
DP: (Velandia-Wilson-Pena).

 
NY YankeesIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hughes (W, 5-3)7.04112514.46
Chamberlain (H, 8)1.01000200.38
Veras (S, 1)1.01000006.48
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kazmir 6.031101003.48
Switzer (L, 0-2)0.12220008.15
Glover 1.22001104.93
Dohmann 1.00001103.23

HBP: Upton (by Hughes), Pena (by Chamberlain).
Pitches-strikes: Hughes 102-65, Chamberlain 20-12, Veras 14-9, Kazmir 100-72, Switzer 4-3, Glover 21-13, Dohmann 21-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Hughes 7-8, Chamberlain 0-1, Veras 3-0, Kazmir 6-2, Switzer 0-1, Glover 3-0, Dohmann 2-0.
Batters faced: Hughes 26, Chamberlain 5, Veras 4, Kazmir 21, Switzer 3, Glover 6, Dohmann 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Glover 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Paul Nauert. 1B: Mike DiMuro. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Brian Gorman.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:53.
Att: 28,962.

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