Rays Vs. Yankees: Tampa Can't Finish The Sweep

David Price's excellent start was all for nothing as Kyle Farnsworth blew the lead in the eight inning as the Rays go down to the Yankees 4-3.

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Yankees Vs. Rays Final Score: David Price's Start Wasted As Yanks Win 4-3

The Tampa Bay Rays entered Wednesday afternoon looking to sweep the New York Yankees in Tropicana Field, but David Price's excellent start went to waste as Kyle Farnsworth gave up three runs in just 0.1 innings of relief duty. Price had gone seven innings for the Rays, limiting the Yankees to just four hits and striking out eight batters, but it was all for not.

The Rays took what looked like at the time a commanding 3-1 lead on a Carlos Pena two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Enter Farnsworth however, and the Yankees stormed back. Farnsworth walked in the first run and then Robinson Cano picked up a two RBI single in the same inning to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead, which proved enough to steal away the win and avoid the sweep.

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Rays Vs. Yankees Game 3 Lineup: Tampa Bay Starting David Price

The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees are ini the final game of their three-game series. The Rays will be looking to sweep the Yankees, and to accomplish that goal they will be sending out Daivd Price to pitch. Price is tied with the American League with Texas' Matt Harrison with 11 wins, and also has a stellar ERA of 2.92.

The Yankees are countering with rookie David Phelps who is 1-3 on the year and making his third-ever major league start. Phelps is in the lineup for the injured CC Sabathia.

The only lineup change for the Rays is that Jose Lobaton is catching and will be batting seventh.

Rays lineup:
1. Desmond Jennings LF
2. Carlos Pena 1B
3. B.J. Upton CF
4. Jeff Keppinger 3B
5. Ben Zobrist RF
6. Luke Scott DH
7. Jose Lobaton C
8. Sean Rodriguez 2B
9. Elliot Johnson SS
David Price P

Yankees lineup:
1. Derek Jeter SS
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez DH
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Andruw Jones LF
8. Russell Martin C
9. Jayson Nix 3B
David Phelps P

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Yankees Vs. Rays: Can Tampa Make It A Sweep?

The Tampa Bay Rays are still chasing the New York Yankees in the American League East standings. Currently, they trail by five and a half games. What better way to catch up than by beating the Yankees, which is exactly what the Rays have done over the last two days. An Independence Day win would close gap a little more and give Tampa a sweep over the visiting Yankees.

Tampa has its on the hill to close out the series. David Price is 2-1 against New York this season, including a win in his last start against the Yankees at Tropicana Field. Price's back had been bothering him, but he threw a bullpen session prior to Wednesday's start that went well. He won all of his last three starts, going seven innings in each outing.

Opposing Price is rookie David Phelps, making his third start of the season. Phelps is back in the rotation, this time taking the place of the injured CC Sabathia.

B.J. Upton has also factored into this series, going four-for-eight at the plate with a home run to snap a skid that had Rays fans worried whether or not the outfielder was pressing. To keep their current pace and catch the Yankees in the second half of the season, Tampa could really use a hot hitting Upton down the stretch.

The game starts at 3:10 p.m. Fans can watch it 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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Yankees Vs. Rays Recap: Tampa Makes It 2 Straight With 7-4 Win

The Tampa Bay Rays captured a series-clinching win against the division-rival Yankees on Tuesday night, battering Ivan Nova and taking advantage of some more sloppy New York defense in a 7-4 win. Mark Teixeira had a costly error that lead to the winning run in the series opener on Monday, and the Yanks turned around and committed three more errors on Tuesday.

It was a rough start for James Shields but the Rays pitcher settled in after that to keep his club in it. The Rays quickly evened things up at 3-3 in the bottom of the third. A B.J. Upton single scored Elliot Johnson and Jeff Keppinger followed that up with a single to score both Upton and Desmond Jennings. Sean Rodriguez then put the Rays ahead for good one inning later with a two-run shot to left for the 5-4 lead.

Tampa then added some insurance in the seventh in dramatic fashion, as Desmond Jennings stole home for the two-run cushion. A Russell Martin throwing error on the play led to a Ben Zobrist RBI single two batters later. Fernando Rodney would come on in the ninth for his second save in as many nights, striking out two and converting his 24th save of the season. That closed the books on another impressive win for the Rays, who are off on the right foot in the month of July.

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: Tuesday Starting Lineups

Following Monday's 4-3 win at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays' home winning streak over the New York Yankees extended to eight games. They hope that continues on Tuesday night, but they'll have their hands full against New York starting pitcher Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.03 ERA), who has won his last 12 road decisions. The Rays will counter with James Shields, who takes the hill with a 7-5 mark in 16 starts this season.

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. EST and will be televised by Sun Sports.

Here are tonight's lineups:

Yankees (48-31)

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise LF

Rays (42-38)

Desmond Jenning LF
Carlos Pena 1B
B.J. Upton CF
Jeff Keppinger 3B
Ben Zobrist RF
Luke Scott DH
Jose Molina C
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Elliot Johnson SS

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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B.J. Upton Stats: Troubling Signs For Rays Center Fielder

CF B.J. Upton has struggled at the plate this year and it looks like the 28-year-old veteran is pressing at the plate.

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Yankees Vs. Rays: Tampa Bay Looks To Continue To Cut Into AL East Lead

With a 4-3 victory over the Yankees in the series opener on Monday, the Rays won their eighth straight home game over the Yankees and cut a small sliver out of New York's large AL East lead. With 10-game and 5-game winning streaks in June, the Yankees built a large separation from themselves and the rest of the AL East competitors, all of whom have a .500 or better record.

The Rays, though, have a chance to pull the Yankees back some with another victory on Tuesday with James Shields taking the mound. Shields has struggled against the Yankees so far in 2012 in three starts against them, losing two and allowing a combined 14 earned runs through 16 innings. In his last start, Shields earned a loss against the Tigers after allowing 14 hits and four runs in just under eight innings.

Shields will look to improve his luck against the Yankees when he faces Ivan Nova. The last loss for the Yankees pitcher came on May 19 against the Reds and Nova has won five games since without a loss, including a win over the Rays on June 6.

The first pitch from Nova is scheduled for 7:10 p.m at Tropicana Field and will be televised on MLB Network, YES Network and 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 Recap: Tampa Capitalizes On Mark Teixeira Error To Win 4-3

The Tampa Bay Rays bounced back from a rough weekend against the Detroit Tigers with a series-opening win against the New York Yankees. Tampa got a couple solo shots from B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena and then took advantage of a rare Mark Teixeira error to plate the winning run for the 4-3 victory.

Matt Moore had a rough start giving up four hits and two runs in the first inning by the young lefty settled in from there to keep his team in it. B.J. Upton cut the lead in half with a towering shot that flew into the first few rows of the left field bleachers after his patented pull follow-through. Pena then evened it up two innings later with a 400-foot bomb to right.

But the winning rally came together in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Dave Robertson came on in relief of Boone Logan. The first batter he faced was Brooks Conrad, who was pinch-hitting for Will Rhymes. Conrad came through will a clutch double ripped to deep right that scored the Sean Rodriguez to tie it at 3-3. Conrad would then score the winning run after Elliot Johnson sent a grounder to Teixeira, who committed his first error of the season at a costly time.

Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney cleaned up the final two innings to make the one-run lead hold up. Both relievers went 1-2-3 and Rodney was nearly hitting triple digits on the radar gun. James Shields will take the mound on Tuesday for a potential series-clincher against the red-hot division rivals. Ivan Nova will take the ball for Joe Girardi.

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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Hideki Matsui Injury: Rays' Outfielder Leaves Yankees Game With Hamstring Tightness

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder and DH Hideki Matsui left Monday night's game against the New York Yankees with a hamstring injury. Matsui was removed from the game in the second inning with what the team called hamstring tightness. The veteran outfielder appeared to pull up lame while chasing down two flyballs against his old team, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

Matsui, 38, was starting in the outfield for a second straight day, and ran after two fly balls in right - one that dropped in, and one that was foul - and appeared to bang into the wall on the second.

Tampa Bay manager moved Ben Zobrist to right, shifted Will Rhymes from third to second, and put Jeff Keppinger in the game to replace Matsui.

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: Matt Moore Goes To Hill As Tampa Bay Opens A Three Game Series With New York

Matt Moore starts on the hill as the Tampa Bay Rays open a three-game series with the New York Yankees. The Rays will be looking to cut into New York's lead in the AL East.

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