Alex Graman; Photo: AP

Different day, same storyline. The Yankees starting pitching gets them in a hole, the bullpen does an admirable job to stop the bleeding, the Yankees offense fights back. The only twist on this night was that the Yankees couldn't pull the game totally out of the bag. Losing 9-7.

Alex Graman got the start due to injuries to Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown. Graman was unimpressive to say the least. He lasted only one-third of an inning. He allowed five hits and five earned runs. Tanyon Sturtze was called on to stop the bleeding, and he did for fur innings. Keeping the Yankees in the game. In the top of the fifth inning, the Yankees managed to tie the game at 5-5. Sturtze then faltered allowing the Devil Rays to take back the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was too much for the Yankees to overcome, losing 9-7.

Ruben Sierra came into the game as a pinch hitter and delivered a 2 run home run. Derek Jeter went 2-4 with a double and Jorge Posada added a two run double, but that was just not enough. Gary Sheffield, who had plenty to say after the game, was relatively quiet during the game, going 1-4 with one run scored. Carl Crawford and Aubrey Huff supplied the hitting power for Tampa Bay. Huff was 2-4 with 2 RBI. Crawford was 2-5 with his 14th triple of the year.

The Yankees send Jose Contreras to the mound this afternoon against Victor Zambrano. First pitch is 2:15 in Tampa.