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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Fortenburry hits for the Cycle; Tampa routs Redbirds

Tampa Yankees

Tampa's Seth Fortenberry hit for the cycle Friday night, as the Yankees routed the Palm Beach Cardinals 10-0 at Case de Steinbrenner.

The out break ended a a 0-for-11 drought for the Slugger who has been having some trouble at the plate.

Fortenberry credited some extra work Yankees hitting coach Aaron Lesesma for helping him break out of the slump.

A line drive single in the bottom of the second got the monkey off Fortenberry's back, but he would go no where as Luis Nunez ground into a double play.

The 24-year-old would hit a over the right field fence for this fourth home run of the season, a single shot in the bottom of the fourth at put Tampa on the board.

Nunez and Kevin Smith hit back-to-back singles. Ben Blumenthal would ground into a force out, but Nunez would score on the play makig it 2-0 Tampa.

Fortenberry would lead off the top of the sixth with a triple. Nunez would be called out on strikes, but Smith would single him in. Blumenthal ground into a force out, but Eduardo Nunez singled putting two runners on. Mitch Hilligoss would single to bring in Blumenthal before Andres Perez would go yard over the left field fence to make it 7-0 Tampa.

Following a walk to Josue Calzado in the bottom of the 7th, Fortenberry found his double, with a line drive out to center. Two outs later, Blumenthal would single to drive in the pair of runners for a 9-0 Yankees lead.

Perez would hit a single shot run in the 8th to finish off the scoring.

Tampa's Zach McAllister allowed 7 hits and struck out 6 in 7 innings to pick up the win.

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