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April 5, 2007
A-Rod frustrated; Yankees lose
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez had a chance to be a hero but flopped in another key at-bat and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays spoiled Andy Pettitte’s return to the New York Yankees with a 7-6 victory on Thursday night.
Rodriguez had a chance but popped out against Brian Stokes with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Often booed at Yankee Stadium for failing to deliver in crucial situations, Rodriguez tossed his bat aside in disgust and muttered to himself as he waited for a teammate to bring out his cap and glove.
Right before that, Bobby Abreu had an opportunity for a big hit, but he bounced weakly into a force at the plate for the second out.
Al Reyes worked a perfect ninth for his first save since 2005 with St. Louis.
Pettitte made his first start in pinstripes since the 2003 World Series. Looking for his 150th win with the Yankees, he gave up four runs — two earned — and six hits in four-plus innings. He threw 83 pitches.
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