Rays Vs. Yankees: Tampa Bay Avoids Sweep With 7-3 Win In New York

The Tampa Bay Rays were shut out 7-0 on Tuesday night, as Andy Pettitte went the distance and James Shields was roughed up by a grand slam.

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Rays Vs. Yankees Recap: Tampa Avoids Sweep With 7-3 Win

The Tampa Bay Rays avoided the sweep on Thursday night, defeating the New York Yankees 7-3 at Yankee Stadium. Tampa jumped on CC Sabathia and took advantage of two Yankee errors to get out to a 5-1 lead in the top of the fourth. Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton both knocked in runs with singles in the top of the third to put the Rays in front, 3-1, and they would never look back. The rally was set up by an Alex Rodriguez throwing error.

In the fifth inning, Tampa extending the lead to 5-1. Jose Lobaton got on base with a single and he was promptly followed by Matt Joyce, who also singled off Sabathia. Drew Sutton, batting last in the lineup, ripped a double to left that scored both and opened the lead to four runs. Sutton would knock in Matt Joyce and score a run in the ninth in a big night against the Rays' rival.

David Price was not his sharpest but he got the job done. He went just five innings but gave up only one run, striking out eight. The Rays are now back in first, tied with Baltimore and a half-game ahead of the Yankees. They now travel south to face the Miami Marlins as interleague play gets underway.

Read more about the Rays at DRaysBay. For more in-depth coverage on the other side, visit Yankees blog Pinstripe Alley. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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Rays Vs. Yankees: Tampa Bay Looks To Avoid Sweep

After dropping the first two gams of the series to the New York Yankees -- and dropping back behind them in the American League East standings -- the Tampa Bay Rays will look to pull one back tonight. With the Rays at 31-25 and the Yankees at 31-24, a win will vault the Tampa Bay back ahead of New York in the division.

Rays ace David Price (7-3, 2.44 ERA) will take the mound for Tampa, and he'll be facing off against New York's top starter CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.68). Sabathia and Price have pitched against each other six times, with the Rays only losing once -- when they met last month and Price gave up five runs and 11 hits in seven innings of work.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:05, and it will be televised on Sun Sports.

Read more about the Rays at DRaysBay. For more in-depth coverage on the other side, visit Yankees blog Pinstripe Alley. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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Rays Vs. Yankees Final Score: Tampa Bay's Bats Struggle Again, Go Down 4-1

The Tampa Bay Rays were beat up by the New York Yankees in the first game of the series 7-0, but weren't able to rebound in the second game on Wednesday evening. Mark Teixeira put a run on the scoreboard to get things started with a solo home run in the second inning. Robinson Cano added a solo shot of his own two innings later giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead they'd eventually turn into a 4-0 lead later in the game.

The Rays bats were once again cold, picking up just four hits on the night, two of which came in the final inning, and scoring their only run of the evening in the top of the ninth inning on a B.J. Upton triple. The Rays hope to rebound in the final game of the series on Thursday.

Read more about the Rays at DRaysBay. For more in-depth coverage on the other side, visit Yankees blog Pinstripe Alley. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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Evan Longoria Injury: Rays 3B Targets Mid-June Return

The Tampa Bay Rays are in the middle of a series with the New York Yankees, but they got some good news on the possible return of third baseman of Evan Longoria. Longoria was slated to be out as much as eight weeks after tearing his hamestring, but is targeting a mid-June return according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

Longoria, out since early May with a partially torn left hamstring, said the big tests will be the mental and physical hurdle of acceleration and baserunning drills the next couple days. If all goes well he could start rehab assignment around the end of this trip.

The Rays have been up and down without Longoria in the lineup, but getting has bat back in there can only help.

Read more about the Rays at DRaysBay. For more in-depth coverage on the other side, visit Yankees blog Pinstripe Alley. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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Rays Vs. Yankees Recap: Tampa Bay Blanked By Andy Pettite

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped the first game of their series against the Yankees on Tuesday night in a 7-0 shutout. Andy Pettite went the distance with a dazzling performance, striking out 11 in nine innings during his best showing of the season. Joe Maddon's lineup managed just four hits all evening, as New York set the tone for big week at Yankee Stadium.

Meanwhile, James Shields was roughed up by the Yanks in five innings of work. Shields gave up all seven New York runs, with the big blow coming in the fourth inning when catcher Russell Martin ripped a grand slam to break it open. With Pettite dealing and the Yanks enjoying a six-run lead, this one had all doubt removed early on.

Tampa will try to get it back on Wednesday with Alex Cobb on the hill. Joe Girardi will counter with Ivan Nova.

Read more about the Rays at DRaysBay. For more in-depth coverage on the other side, visit Yankees blog Pinstripe Alley. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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Rays Vs. Yankee Series Preview: Shields, Cobb And Price Aim For Series Win

The Tampa Bay Rays have a lot on their plate as they square off against a surging New York Yankees team.

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