Durazo lifts Yanks; Giambi ready to go

Former MVP goes 0-for-3, says he's returning to Bronx

Jason Giambi went 0-for-8 with six walks and two strikeouts after going deep in his first at-bat for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Friday. (SWB Yankees)

August 5, 2007 6:48 PM ET

Erubiel Durazo lined a pinch-hit walk-off single in the ninth inning to lift Scranton/Wilkes-Barre over Buffalo, 2-1, on Sunday.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Durazo ripped Bubbie Buzachero's first pitch back through the box to end the game. It was the second game-winner in three days for Durazo, who also had a walk-off hit in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Bisons.

Eric Duncan collected two hits and drove in the Yankees' other run with a double in the sixth.

Jason Giambi went 0-for-3 and drew a walk in his fourth and final game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (63-50). Giambi, who joined Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday as part of his rehab assignment for New York, said he is unsure of when he will be activated by the parent club, but that he will rejoin the team on the road in Toronto on Monday.

"It's exciting for me to get an opportunity, because it was a pretty serious injury, but it healed a lot faster than everyone thought," said Giambi, who has been on the disabled list since June 1 with a partial tear of the plantar fascia tissue in the left foot.

"I feel great," Giambi explained. "I saw a lot of pitches, I'm hitting the ball hard and I worked on my conditioning to try to get it back as quickly as I could."

Jose Veras (1-0) picked up the win, giving up two hits and a walk while fanning two in one inning. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Matt DeSalvo scattered seven hits, allowed just one unearned run and struck out five in six frames.

Buffalo (61-53) got two hits each from Joe Inglett and Asdrubal Cabrera, who drove in the Bisons' lone run with a single in the fifth.

Buffalo reliever Rich Rundles (2-1) took the loss, yielding one run on two hits with one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. Starter Cliff Lee gave up one run on three hits and three walks while striking out eight over seven innings. --Caleb Pardick/MLB.com

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