Rays Take Series From Yanks 2-1

A showdown of AL East titans, the Rays and Yankees battled in front of three sold out crowds this weekend at One Tropicana Drive. It ended with Tampa Bay taking two of three from division leader and rival New York.

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Tampa Bay Rays 3, New York Yankees 0

(Sports Network) - James Shields tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Tampa Bay Rays take a 3-0 win over the New York Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game set from Tropicana Field.

Shields (10-9) gave up four hits, struck out 11, and walked one to pick up the win for the Rays, who have won eight of nine to move within one game of the AL East-leading Yankees. Rafael Soriano recorded his 30th save of the season.

Carl Crawford and Kelly Shoppach each had an RBI for the victors.

New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez was not in the starting lineup, but he did come on as pinch-hitter in the seventh. He struck out, though, and remains stuck at 599 homers for his career (ha ha!) 

From the enemy:

The Rays outplayed the Yankees in every aspect of the game today. Tip of the hat to the Rays. James Shields was absolutely nasty in the Rays victory.

Unfortunately, the Rays remain behind the Yankees in the AL East division race.

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Yankees Come Back, Come Back, Come Back, And Win

In his first start since his no-hitter, Matt Garza pitched well, going seven strong innings while striking out nine, walking one, and only letting up five hits.

The problem was, two of those five hits were homeruns, including one two-run homerun. On each occasion, those homeruns allowed the Yankees to come back and tie the game up.

Read more at DRaysBay: Rays Lose 5-4 as Yankees Slug Three Homeruns

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Rays Defeat Yankees 3-2, Take Opening Game of Series

Friday night’s have been a pain in the side of the Tampa Bay Rays since May, the last time they had won a game at the end of the week.

That streak was snapped tonight as Wade Davis recorded his 9th win of the season. Matt Joyce hit a 3 run homer in the 7th inning to give the Rays the lead. Rafael Soriano pitched a flawless 9th inning to record his 29th save of the season.

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