Yankees vs. Rays Live Blog: Play-by-Play and Instant Reactions
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After taking two of the first three games in the series, the Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays in Sunday's series finale by a score of 3-1. This spoiled what was a great day in New York, where they celebrated another Old Timer's Game before the real show.
The game featured a battle between two struggling, young arms in Ivan Nova and Chris Archer. Both, however, pitched very well, with Archer getting the win. Nova finished with 6.2 IP and three earned runs, while Archer managed 6.0 IP with one earned run.
One of the biggest stories of the series was the success of two newcomers to these lineups, Wil Myers and Zoilo Almonte. Both had respectable days in the finale, with Myers going 1-for-5 for the Rays and Almonte going 2-for-4 for the Yankees.
With the series split and the Blue Jays sweep of Baltimore, the AL East just got that much tighter. There is now a five-game range between first and last place, meaning this will be one heck of a second-half of the year.
Thanks to all who tuned in for yet another great day of baseball.
Thanks to all who tuned in for today's live blog!
And Rodney strikes out the side. The Rays win this one 3-1 and they split the series in the ultra-competitive AL East.
Yankees are down to their last batter, David Adams, he of the .193 BA. God bless.
Rodney has one of the most unorthodox deliveries I've seen, but it's effective as he gets Nix swinging on a 99 MPH fastball.
Zoilo Almonte Alert: He works a full count and goes down looking on a nice change-up on the inside corner. One down.
Fernando Rodney comes into the game to close it out for Tampa. He's already blown one save against the Yankees this year. Will he do it again?
Wil Myers Alert: He grounds into a fielder's choice and we head to the bottom of the ninth with the Rays leading 3-1. Can the Yankees conjure some magic on Old Timer's Day?
They intentionally walk Loney after a 2-0 count. Wil Myers is now up.
Claiborne gets Longoria looking on a beautiful fastball on the outside corner. Two outs with a man on second. Loney up to bat.
Passed ball gets behind Romine and Zobrist takes second base.
Preston Claiborne is on the mound. Cano easily fields a Jennings pop-up to get the first out, immediately followed by a four-pitch Zobrist walk.
And Overbay does the exact same thing. Top of the ninth and Rays still lead 3-1.
Hafner battles for awhile, but ultimately flies out to center for the second out. Up now is Overbay.
Joel Peralta comes in for the Rays and gets Cano to pop out to center for the first out of the inning.
Escobar grounds out to Nix for the second out of the inning and Matt Joyce does the same for the third out. Heading to the bottom of the eighth and it's 3-1 Rays.
Molina "steals" second base on a freak drop by Stewart behind the plate.
Molina rips a liner into left center for a one-out single.
Ichiro lines one to left field, but Myers runs it down. 3-1 Rays heading to the eighth.
Gardner battles through a tough at-bat and lines one up the middle for a two-out single.
Vernon Wells pinch-hits for Stewart, and hits a deep pop-up to Joyce. Looked good, but not quite far enough. Two outs.
Adams goes down swinging and there's one out in the frame.
Jake McGee comes in to face Adams, Stewart and Gardner.
Joba gets the strikeout to end the inning. 3-1 Rays going into the bottom of the seventh.
Loney with a clutch two-run single up the middle, and it's 3-1 Rays. Nova is now tagged with those two runs and the loss if things remain the same. Now, Joba Chamberlain will come into the game to face Wil Myers.
Kelley walks Longoria to load the bases. In comes Boone Logan to face James Loney on a lefty-lefty matchup.
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