The Tampa Bays wrapped up their first series of 2012 on Sunday by completing a sweep of the visiting New York Yankees. Unlike the first two games of the series, the Yankees posed much less of a threat on Sunday.
The Rays got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Matt Joyce tripled home Evan Longoria. That would prove to be all the offense Tampa Bay would need, but they added insurance runs on solo homers by Carlos Pena in the third and Jeff Keppinger in the sixth.
Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson held the Yanks to just three hits and four walks over 8.2 innings, also striking out four. He was lifted with two outs in the top of the ninth after walking Nick Swisher, after which Fernando Rodney came on for his second save by getting Raul Ibanez to ground out and end the game.
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