Yankees vs. Rays Live Blog: Play-by-Play and Instant Reactions

Rob Patterson@RJPatterson13Contributor IIIJune 23, 2013

James Loney led the Tampa Bay offense to victory in Sunday's series finale
James Loney led the Tampa Bay offense to victory in Sunday's series finaleAl Bello/Getty Images

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.