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Rays Vs. Yankees: Rays Holding Slim 3-2 Lead Midway Through Six

The Tampa Bay Rays began a crucial series with the New York Yankees on Friday night and they are hanging on to a tight lead midway through Game 1 of the series.

The Rays' bats were quiet until the fifth inning, when Chris Gimenez led off with a double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch from C.C. Sabathia, and Elliot Johnson knocked him home with a single to right. Desmond Jennings followed that with a single to center, and Evan Longoria picked up an RBI on a double-play ground out, leaving the Rays up 3-1.

A solo home run from Curtis Granderson cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, and it looked the Yankees were poised to put up more runs. Eduardo Nunez and Derek Jeter both reached on infield singles, but David Price was able to work his way out of the two-on, one-out jam when he got Nick Swisher to fly out and Alex Rodriguez to on a ground out.

Midway through the sixth inning, the Rays lead, 3-2.

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Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.