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Jun 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Yankees starter Sonny Gray allowed four runs in the Yankees' 4-0 loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Gray allowed his first run in the first inning when Jake Bauers hit an RBI single to drive in Kevin Kiermaier. The Rays scored twice more in the second inning, as Daniel Robertson hit an RBI double and later scored on Willy Adames' single to left field.

Gray, making his 12th career start against the Rays, struck out seven batters and walked one across 6 2/3 innings. He received no run support from the Yankees on offense.

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Jun 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Mallex Smith (0), center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) and designated hitter Johnny Field (10) congratulate each other as they beat the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 23, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Mallex Smith (0), center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) and designated hitter Johnny Field (10) congratulate each other as they beat the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees endured another rough day at the plate as the offense tallied just four hits in a 4-0 loss to the Rays on Saturday. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge combined to go 0-for-7 atop the Yankees' batting order. Didi Gregorius was responsible for half of the Yankees' offensive production, as he had two hits. Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a double and Austin Romine had a hit.

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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees (46-21) resume their suspended game against the Nationals (37-31) from May 15 on Monday at 5:05 p.m.

Play was suspended after the top of the sixth inning with the game tied 3-3 in Washington. The Nationals got on the board first after Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer to left field in the bottom of the first off Masahiro Tanaka

The Nationals would add two more in the second after an Andrew Stevenson RBI single followed by an RBI double from Pedro Severino.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone breaks down Sonny Gray's up-and-down outing against the Nationals on Wednesday night.

The Nationals got the last laugh as Juan Soto's solo shot in the top of the seventh was the decision maker in the 5-4 loss for the Yankees on Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sonny Gray continues to struggle at home, as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits over five innings. Gray didn't have the control of his arsenal on the mound as he did in Toronto in his previous start. He walked into this contest with a 7.22 ERA at home, and didn't do much to clean up that infalted number. Luckily, he had a couple pick offs and good plays in the field to keep the damage low. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone breaks down Sonny Gray's up-and-down outing against the Nationals on Wednesday night.

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray has been stellar on the road this season with a 2.83 ERA. When Gray throws in Yankee Stadium, though, that number rises drastically. 

Gray entered his Wednesday night start against Nationals with a 7.22 ERA at home. And he didn't do much to make that number fall either. 

In the top of the first, Gray let up back-to-back hits to Adam Eaton and Trea Turner who were sitting at the corners for Bryce Harper. Luckily, Gray dropped in a 3-2 curve ball to punch out Harper. Anthony Rendon, though, drove in the first run of the game with a sac fly to center field. 

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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

This is the dominant Sonny Gray the Yankees envisioned when they traded for him last season. 

Gray was absolutely lights out in his start against the Blue Jays Wednesday night, tossing eight shutout innings. He began his outing with four perfect frame, setting down 12 straight batters with five strikeouts coming in those innings. 

In the fifth inning, though, Gray found himself in a jam after Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales had back-to-back hits. With runners on the corners and no outs, Gray was thankfully bailed out due to bad baserunning as Smoak broke toward home on a Kevin Pillar gronder to Miguel Andujar at third. Andujar threw a strike to home, keeping the game scoreless...

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

The Yankees finally got on the board in the top of the 13th thanks to blasts from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to down the Blue Jays, 3-0, in extras Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) With the game still knotted in a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, Judge and Stanton each delivered a blast over the left field fence to put the first runs on the board. Judge waited on a 1-2 curveball from Joe Biagini, and launched it to the seats to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Two batters later Stanton hit an absolute laser to left for a solo shot. It measured a 119.3 mph exit velocity.

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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walks off the field at the end of the top of the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Luis Severino has been dominant and CC Sabathia -- despite allowing at least four runs in each of his last three starts -- has a 3.55 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. The rest of the Yankees rotation, however, has been a mess.

Sonny Gray has a 5.48 ERA and has walked 25 batters in 46.0 innings. Masahiro Tanaka has a 4.95 ERA and is on pace to allow 39 home runs this season. Domingo German, filling in for the injured Jordan Montgomery, has a 5.59 ERA and has walked 15 batters in 29.0 innings.

So, what can the Yankees do to fix their rotation? The DNL crew discusses below...

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Yankees (26-11) will open a three-game series with the Athletics (18-19) on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees have won five of six games during their current nine-game homestand... the Yankees are 15-2 vs. all teams outside of their division this season... the 2018 squad is tied with the 2003 and 1994 Yanekes with the best start through 37 games during the last 60 seasons... The Yankees have won nine of 13 games this season when they are losing entering the ninth inning of play.

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 (Thomas Shea)
(Thomas Shea)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When a new manager arrives -- particularly one who has never done the job before, like Aaron Boone -- you wonder how reliable his public comments about players will be. Some, like Terry Collins, will deliver blunt, analytical assessments, while others, like Joe Girardi, will remain generic and positive, in an effort to keep peace in the clubhouse.

On Monday night, we learned a little more about Boone's style.

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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

With the Bronx being a tough place to succeed, Yankees GM Brian Cashman needed assurance from Athletics executive vice president Billy Beane that newly acquired RHP Sonny Gray could handle the pressure.

Cashman scouted Gray for weeks trying to determine whether or not the 27-year-old could thrive in the bright lights of Yankee Stadium. NorthJersey.com's Bill Klapisch said Beane used his 2013 AL Division Series start against the Detroit Tigers' ace Justin Verlander as proof of his ace status. 

Gray went eight innings, shutting out the Tigers and staying right with Verlander the whole night. Klapisch writes, "Gray couldn't have withstood the crushing pressure on talent alone: he was a warrior, Beane said, who'll perform just as brilliantly in New York in October."

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