Pena Homers As Rays Rough Up Yanks 13-4

Backup Riggans has other big blow for Tampa Bay
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 10:58 PM CDT
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano stretches for a ground ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford during the third inning Friday, April 4, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in New York.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – Pinch-hitter Shawn Riggans hit a three-run double, Carlos Pena a three-run homer in a seven-run eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays roughed up Yankees youngster Ian Kennedy for six runs in a 13-4 win over New York. Yankees manager Joe Girardi missed his first game as New York's manager because of an upper respiratory infection, writes AP.

Bench coach Rob Thomson managed his first big league game. The Rays took advantage of Kennedy's wildness to score six times in the first three innings - five in the third - and then added seven runs in the eighth off relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Kyle Farnsworth. In all, the Rays had 15 hits off six Yankees pitchers