Hellickson, Rays shut down Yankees 3-0 for sweep

Associated Press Modified: April 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm •  Published: April 8, 2012
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Rodriguez doubled with two outs in the sixth. After walking Teixeira, Hellickson struck Swisher to escape the jam and then didn't allow another runner until walking Swisher with two outs in the ninth.

"That was very impressive," Pena said of Hellickson's performance. "He was just so calm the whole time. That's something that should never be overlooked. He's just a kid out there, and just handled the spotlight, the pressure, whatever you want to call it, in such a way that is just amazing."

Rodney retired Ibanez on an easy comebacker to end it.

"Everything they did worked out perfectly," Rodriguez said. "Everything we did worked out imperfectly."

Pena hit a grand slam off CC Sabathia and a game-winning single off Mariano Rivera in the opener. The slugger had another RBI single in Saturday's 8-6 victory and finished the series 6 for 12 with two homers and seven RBIs.

Hughes allowed two runs and five hits, walked two and struck out five over 4 2-3 innings. Logan and three other relievers kept the Yankees in the game by holding the Rays to two hits the rest of the way.

While no one is about to panic, Rodriguez said the Yankees will carry a sense of urgency into a series that begins Monday night in Baltimore.

"You just want to win a game. Want to get this thing to 1-3 and get the train headed in the right direction," he said.

"Guys are playing hard. Offensively, we're hitting balls. Probably a dozen balls right on the nose that were caught," Rodriguez added. "We're hitting it right into the teeth of their secondary. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap and move on."

NOTES: Rays DH Luke Scott left the game with a tight left hamstring and is day to day. ... Girardi said A-Rod will be the designated hitter Monday night at Baltimore, and that he might DH twice during the three-game series. ... LHP Andy Pettitte will pitch for Class-A Tampa on Monday in his second outing following a one-year retirement. ... Tampa Bay CF B.J. Upton, on the 15-day disabled list with lower back soreness, will begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Charlotte on Monday. The Rays hope to get him at least 30 at-bats before activating him. ... New York RHP Michael Pineda, out until at least May due to right shoulder tendinitis, threw at 60 feet on flat ground. ... Swisher, slowed by a pair of groin injuries during spring training, was the DH after playing defense the previous two days on the Tropicana Field artificial turf.

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