Yankees vs. Rays Live Blog: Reactions and Analysis
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The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees by a score of 8-3 in Thursday night's series opener. But tonight, it was New York's turn. The Yankees defeated the Rays 6-2 behind a great performance from Zoilo Almonte and the offense.
Roberto Hernandez and David Phelps both struggled at times, but ultimately Phelps came out on top. These two have now matched up twice this year, with Phelps getting the better of Rodriguez in both games.
These teams are now separated by 2.5 games in the AL East, with the Rays hoping to close that gap Saturday and Sunday behind better efforts from the offense and pitching.
Meanwhile, the Yankees offense really picked up the slack tonight, scoring six runs on 11 hits and doing so with production throughout the lineup. The star of the night was rookie Zoilo Almonte, who went 3-4 in his first major league start, highlighted by a big home run.
These two teams will be back at it Saturday at 1:05 ET. Thanks to all those who tuned in!
Thanks to all those who tuned in tonight!
And that's another one in the books. The Yankees take this one by a score of 6-2. They even the score in the series and gain a game back on the fourth place Rays.
Zoilo Almonte Alert: He strikes out and will most likely finish the night 3-4. We're headed to the top of the 9th, where the Rays will try to come back from a 6-2 deficit. In comes Mariano Rivera.
A single for Overbay knocks in Cano, who had stolen 2nd base. It's 6-2 Yankees.
Surprisingly, left-handed batters are batting .310 against the left-handed Ramos this year to a .238 average for righties.
Robbie Cano looks uncharacteristically uncomfortable in the batter's box tonight, but still knocks a single up the middle against Ramos.
Cesar Ramos takes over for the Rays in the bottom of the 8th.
Yankees are 22-0 this year when scoring at least five runs. That's good news, because it's 5-2 Yankees as we enter the bottom of the 8th.
Luke Scott might have one of the ugliest beard/hair combos I've seen in quite awhile.
Wil Myers Alert: He takes the Robertson offering and smokes a single past Overbay.
David Robertson takes the mound for the Yankees in the 8th.
Great news for the Yankee offense regarding Curtis Granderson
Hernandez makes it through the 7th with no damage at all. He's given up five runs, but gave the bullpen a serious break here.
Funny tweet from Joe Maddon's Glasses.
Shawn Kelley makes quick work of the Rays and strikes out two of the three that he faces. Time for the 7th inning stretch.
Shawn Kelley now on the mound for the Yankees.
Who would've thought that Zoilo would steal the show from Wil Myers? The kid is 4-4 in the series to Myers's 1-8. Almonte gets a nice curtain call after he returns to the dugout, as well.
Nix grounds out and we are going to the top of the 7th. 5-2 Yanks.
Zoilo Almonte Alert: Yep, I'm doing it. He's now 3-3 tonight as he cranks a home run for a 5-2 Yankee lead! What a night for the kid making his first start.
Yankees are getting nice production throughout the lineup tonight with eight hits so far. They had six last night.
Logan strikes out Joyce and we're going to the bottom of the 6th. Still 4-2 NYY.
As David Cone pointed out on the YES broadcast, Phelps leaves the game with the lead for the seventh time in 10 starts. Not bad at all for the young right-hander.
In comes Boone Logan for the lefty-lefty matchup against Matt Joyce with two outs.
Two-out base hit for Yunel Escobar should do no harm, but Girardi gives Phelps the hook.
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