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Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (38) reacts after a strikeout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports  (Troy Taormina)
Apr 9, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (38) reacts after a strikeout during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees (102-56, 8.0 GA in AL East) look to rebound from their 2-1 loss in Tampa Bay against the Rays (94-64, 8 GB in AL East, 0.5 GA in Wild Card) on Tuesday as the two teams wrap their brief two-game set on Wednesday at Tropicana Field at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

DJ LeMahieu enters the game on a 10-game hitting streak and during that stretch has 18 total hits, eight RBI, two homers and is hitting at a .391 average. ... Gio Urshela was hit in the hand with a fastball on Tuesday in the sixth inning, ensuing X-rays were negative but he is not in Wednesday's lineup and has a bruised hand. ... Brett Gardner is also having a profitable past 10 games for the Yankees, he's batting .351 over that span with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI

Tags: Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Tampa Bay Rays
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The Yankees won the first game of their doubleheader against the Rays on Thursday, 6-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Early in the game, things almost got away from the Yankees. In a full bullpen outing, Chad Green got the ball to start the game on the mound for New York. Austin Meadows singled to start the game, then the bases were quickly loaded as Tommy Pham walked and Green plunked Nate Lowe with a pitch. The Yanks stuck with Green though, and he delivered. Green sent down the next three batters, including two punch outs, to keep the game scoreless

Tags: Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Luis Cessa, Luke Adam, Tampa Bay Rays
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Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 18, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) argues with home plate umpire Brennan Miller (55) after being ejected during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees won the first game of their doubleheader against the Rays on Thursday, 6-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Domingo German shook a bad first two batters en route to his 12th win of the season. The first two batters for the Rays, Austin Meadows and Yandy Diaz, both homered off of German on the fourth pitch of their at-bats. Despite the rocky start, German settled in and on his next 82 pitches (90 total), he only allowed two more hits and none in his final three innings. In total, German tossed six innings with five strikeouts. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Tampa Bay Rays
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Travis d'Arnaud nearly missed the team bus to Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees probably wish he had. 

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher has suddenly emerged as a new Yankee-killer in the past month. D'Arnaud has four home runs in his last eight at-bats against the Yankees, which include a walk-off home run and a ninth inning, three-run go-ahead shot on Monday night that doomed the Bombers in a 5-4 loss. 

D'Arnaud was responsible for driving in all five of Tampa Bay's runs, with two solo home runs off James Paxton, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He became the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot, per Elias Sports Bureau.  

 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, James Paxton, Tampa Bay Rays, Travis d'Arnaud
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Travis d'Arnaud nearly missed the team bus to Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees probably wish he had. 

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher has suddenly emerged as a new Yankee-killer in the past month. D'Arnaud has four home runs in his last eight at-bats against the Yankees, which include a walk-off home run and a ninth inning, three-run go-ahead shot on Monday night that doomed the Bombers in a 5-4 loss. 

D'Arnaud was responsible for driving in all five of Tampa Bay's runs, with two solo home runs off James Paxton, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He became the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot, per Elias Sports Bureau.  

 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, James Paxton, Tampa Bay Rays, Travis d'Arnaud
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pauses before pitching in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pauses before pitching in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

For the first time all season, the Yankees lost a game with a lead after eight innings, falling to the Rays, 5-4, Monday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Monday's game

1) Aroldis Chapman blew the save for the Yankees as the closer allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, before striking out the next to batters, before bringing up Travis d'Arnaud. The Rays catcher had already homered twice and after falling behind in the count, d'Arnaud lifted a 3-2 slider into right field to give the Rays a 5-4 lead. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, James Paxton, Tampa Bay Rays
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Jul 7, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Jul 7, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Pitchers took over the game after early scoring, but the Rays edged out the Yankees 2-1. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) James Paxton took a bit to settle in against the Rays. In the first inning, he allowed two runs and started the contest allowing back-to-back doubles to Travis d'Arnaud and Tommy Pham. D'Arnaud scored on Pham's double, and Pham reached home when Avisail Garcia later grounded out. Paxton stopped the bleeding in the frame with two strikeouts to end the inning there, and had a solid outing the rest of the way. In total, Paxton notched 11 strikeouts, including a sixth inning showcase. With runners on first and third with no outs, Paxton struck out the side.

2) While Paxton had the Rays guessing at the plate, his the Yankees were doing the same against Charlie Morton. The Yankees nearly matched the amount of Rays the struck out against the starting pitcher on the day, as Morton fanned 10 batters he faced. The Yankees and Rays were struck out 14 and 13 times, respectively, in game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, James Paxton, Tampa Bay Rays
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Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Yankees (57-30, 7.5 GA in AL East) face the Tampa Bay Rays (51-39, 7.5 GB in AL East) in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday at Tropicana Field at 1:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

During his six-game hitting streak, Aaron Hicks has three doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and a 1.147 OPS. ... DJ LeMahieu has a .474/.494/.697 batting line with four home runs and 51 RBIs with runners in scoring position. ... Gary Sanchez has 24 home runs through 66 games this season. By comparison, he hit 18 home runs in 89 games a year ago.

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Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (57-29, 8.5 GA in AL East) try to take the series win against the Tampa Bay Rays (50-39, 8.5 GB in AL East) in the third game of a four-game series on Saturday at Tropicana Field at 4:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Aaron Judge hit two home runs last night, including the go-ahead shot in the 11th inning to give himself nine on the season. He is now hitting .297/.422/.649 with four home runs and nine RBI in his 11 games since returning from the IL. ... Brett Gardner also hit a home run in the 11th inning, giving him 13 on the season and one more home run than he hit all of last year. ... DJ LeMahieu has hit safely in three straight games since having his 14-game hitting streak snapped. He is hitting .337 which leads the American League. 

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The Yankees scored four runs in the 11th inning to beat the Rays, 8-4, at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Friday's game

1) The Yankees got on the board with a first inning home run by Aaron Judge and he provided a go-ahead homer to left-center field in the 11th inning to give the Yanks the lead. The Yankees right fielder has nine homers on the season and 20 RBIs. It was the ninth two-homer game in Judge's young career.

2) Brett Gardner's three-run homer in the 11th inning broke the game open for the Yankees. Gardner went 3-for-5 on the night, raising his average to .240 on the season.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (56-29, 7.5 GA in AL East) face the Tampa Bay Rays (50-38, 7.5 GB in AL East) in the second game of a four-game series on Friday at Tropicana Field at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Gary Sanchez snapped out of an 0-for-14 slump with his 10th-inning home run on Thursday. ... Since returning from the injured list, Aaron Judge is slashing .281/.425/.500 with two home runs and seven RBIs. ... Aroldis Chapman has given up four runs (three earned), eight hits annd two walks over his last five outings (five innings). Prior to that, he had allowed four runs (two earned), 14 hits and eight walks in 26 innings.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated by third baseman DJ LeMahieu and left fielder Brett Gardner as he hits a three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 10th inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated by third baseman DJ LeMahieu and left fielder Brett Gardner as he hits a three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 10th inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

DJ LeMahieu was on second base having just put the Yankees up 5-3 in the 10th inning.

And he had a great view of Gary Sanchez's three-run upper-deck homer that had everyone marveling.

"That was maybe the farthest ball I've ever seen hit," LeMahieu said, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey, after Thursday's 8-4 win over the Rays. "I don't know what the StatCast on it was, but it's 500 feet, I don't care what anybody says."

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated by New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner as he hits a three-run home run during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated by New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner as he hits a three-run home run during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees rallied for five runs in the 10th inning after Aroldis Chapman blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 on Thursday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Seven takeaways from Thursday's game

1) DJ LeMahieu hit a go-ahead two-run single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning while Gary Sanchez crushed a three-run homer to blow the game open as New York won for the 15th time in its last 17 games.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia became the 48th pitcher in MLB history to reach 250 wins when he helped beat the Tampa Bay Rays 12-1 on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Earlier this year, he became the 17th pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts.

Is he destined for Cooperstown? His teammates think so.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Tampa Bay Rays
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The Yankees completed their sweep of the Rays, 12-1, at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) CC Sabathia fared better this time out compared to his last outing against the White Sox. The veteran lefty went six innings, allowing just one run on a bloop single in the top of the sixth inning. That was only one of three hits he allowed, while striking out seven and walking three. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Tampa Bay Rays
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Jun 15, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) watches his two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Jun 15, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) watches his two run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

The Yankees (45-27, lead AL East +2.5 games) are looking for a series sweep against the Rays (43-30, 2.5 games back in AL East) in a Wednesday matinee at 1:10 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

In his return to the Yankees lineup for the first time since the opening series of the season, Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 against the Rays on Tuesday night. ...Edwin Encarnacion hammered his first homer of his Yankees career last night -- a bomb to right-center field to pad the Yankees' lead. ...The Yankees have won their last three games. ...Cameron Maybin continues to show off his power, hitting a home run in each of his last four games.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Tampa Bay Rays
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The Yankees beat the Rays, 6-3, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) J.A. Happ managed to navigate five innings after enduring a rain delay of nearly one and a half hours. Happ allowed two runs on seven hits, while striking out three batters and walking zero batters to move to 7-3 on the season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, J.A. Happ, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Giancarlo Stanton is back in the Yankees' lineup as the Bombers (44-27, 1.5 GA in AL East) host the Tampa Bay Rays (43-29, 1.5 GB in AL East) on Tuesday, at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. 

Yankees notes

Edwin Encarnacion is batting sixth after going 0-for-4 in his Yankees debut on Monday. ...Cameron Maybin's home run on Monday marked the first time in his career he has homered in three consecutive games. He is hitting .364/.382/.697 with three home runs, four RBI and 10 runs scored in 10 games the month of June ... DJ LeMahieu hit his eighth home run on Monday and his .311 batting average leads all second baseman in the MLB. 

Tags: Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, Tampa Bay Rays
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Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 batters in Monday's two-hit shutout over the Rays, increasing New York's lead in the AL East standings to 1.5 games.

Manager Aaron Boone called it a "big-time performance to kick off this series for us," and Tanaka dominated from the get-go.

He retired the first nine hitters he faced, the first hit he allowed an Austin Meadows fourth-inning single. He retired the last 10 batters he faced, needing 111 pitches for his first shutout since July 24, 2018 ... also against the Rays.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees rode Masahiro Tanaka's shutout as they beat the Rays 3-0 at Yankee Stadium on Monday. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Monday's game

1) Tanaka has dominated the Rays this season, and Monday's complete-game shutout came at a perfect time. Tanaka allowed just two hits and a walk, while striking out 10 batters in what was his longest -- and by far his best -- outing of the season. As the Yankees' rotation has struggled for much of the last couple of weeks, Tanaka followed up James Paxton's solid effort and might slow down some of the doom and gloom thoughts about the current Yankees rotation.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees new designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion during batting practice before game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees new designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion during batting practice before game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Edwin Encarnacion is making his Yankees debut as New York (43-27, 0.5 GA in AL East) begins a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (43-28, 0.5 GB in AL East) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

The Yankees acquired Encarnacion, 36, in a trade with the Mariners over the weekend. In 65 games this year, he is slashing .241/.356/.531 with an American League-high 21 home runs. ... Yankees relievers have a 5.70 ERA in the month of June, which ranks 21st in the majors in that span. ... In seven games since returning from Tommy John surgery, shortstop Didi Gregorius is hitting .385/.407/.538 with one home run and three RBIs.

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The Yankees used a seven-run sixth inning beat the Rays, 13-5, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Five Takeaway's from Sunday's game...

1) The Yankees blew open a 5-5 game in the sixth inning with seven runs. The Rays walked five in the inning and Thairo Estrada had the big hit, a three-run double.

2) Chad Green was the opener in this one and, much like the rest of his season, the results were not good. Green allowed two base-runners in the first inning and then coughed up two homers in his second frame. As Green's descent continues, it's a wonder where the Yanks will use him going forward.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees were unable to duplicate Friday's magic and fell against the Rays in 11 innings on Saturday, 2-1. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

1) Luke Voit led off the bottom of the 11th with a single to try and get another rally going against Jose Alvarado, but Gary Sanchez hit into a game-ending double play while Luis Cessa allowed a one-out solo home run to Austin Meadows in the top of the 11th as the difference in the game. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Luis Cessa, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees walk it off, beating the Rays, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium to take the AL East lead. >> Box score

Six Takeaway's from Friday's game...

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Tampa Bay Rays, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka celebrates with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia at the end of the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka celebrates with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia at the end of the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven dominant innings in the Yankees' 7-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field, striking out seven batters and allowing just one run.

"I think looking back a couple of games, I think today was one of the best [starts] I threw," Tanaka said through an interpreter, according to MLB.com's Dawn Klemish.

Tanaka threw just 73 pitches, but he was effective. He needed just nine pitches to get through the fourth inning, seven in the fifth and four in the seventh. He retired 12 batters in a row between the second and sixth innings before Austin Meadows' solo home run ended Tanaka's shutout.

Tags: Austin Romine, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Apr 22, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (45) hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The Yankees look to get back on track when they conclude their series with the first place Rays on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres is getting a day off due to still being sore and the day game after night game, manager Joe Girardi said before the game. ... Gary Sanchez is also off on Sunday. 

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres throws to first base against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees look to take full control of the AL East with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field with the first pitch scheduled for 6:10 p.m. 

Yankees notes

Gleyber Torres is in the Yankees' lineup batting fifth after he was hit in the right elbow in the eighth inning on Friday. He stayed in the game but there was some concern if he would need to sit out on Saturday. X-rays came back negative and he was just a little swollen but said he "felt good." ... Gio Urshela is batting eighth and playing third base as he continues to come up with big hits for the Yankees. Urshela is hitting .300/.318/.450 with a home run and nine RBI in high leverage situations this year and is 5-for-10 with five RBI with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Gleyber Torres, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Travis d'Arnaud is on the move once again.

After signing with the Dodgers following his release from the Mets, the catcher is being dealt to the Rays in exchange for cash considerations, according to the Tampa Bay Times

The Mets designated d'Arnaud for assignment on April 28, and he was officially released on May 3. He signed with the Dodgers on Sunday and made one appearance with the club, grounding out in the fifth inning Thursday as a pinch-hitter before being removed from the game.

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May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman (39) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) and right fielder Cameron Maybin (38) shake hands after defeating the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 9, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman (39) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) and right fielder Cameron Maybin (38) shake hands after defeating the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yanks hit the road for a big series against the first-place Rays with the three-game set starting Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

New York enters the series trailing the Rays by 1.5 games in the AL East. ... Gio Urshela returns to the lineup after not starting Thursday because of a knee issue. He still found a way to make a huge impact, driving in two runs as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 3-1 win. Urshela starts at third while Miguel Andújar serves as the DH. ... Luke Voit is back at first base after getting a day off on Thursday. ... The Yankees have won six of their last seven series.

Tags: Domingo German, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Tampa Bay Rays
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Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 1, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) singles during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees will face the Rays on Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

Yankees notes

Chad Green gets the start as the Yankees experiment with using an opener. ... For the second straight day, the Yankees are rolling out a typical top-four of the lineup, with Brett GardnerAaron JudgeGiancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez getting things started. ... Clint Frazier starts in left field, while Greg Bird gets the nod at first base. 

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Tags: Chad Green, Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts and points to the Tampa Bay Rays dugout after he hits catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch and gets ejected from the game during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts and points to the Tampa Bay Rays dugout after he hits catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch and gets ejected from the game during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia will receive his $500,000 bonus after all.

The 38-year-old Sabathia was ejected two innings shy of hitting the 155-inning mark for the 2018 season, which would have triggered a $500,000 incentive in his contract.

In his last regular-season start, Sabathia had thrown just 55 pitches through five scoreless innings. But after hitting Jake Bauers with a pitch in the fifth inning, the Tampa Bay Rays' Andrew Kittredge threw a fastball behind Yankees catcher Austin Romine's head in the sixth inning. 

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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees and Athletics will battle it out in the Bronx in this win-or-go-home matchup in the AL Wild Card Game at 8:08 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees have made back-to-back Wild Card Games, with a win coming against the Twins at Yankee Stadium last season. ...New York recorded their 20th 100-win season after 2018. It was their highest win total since their 2009 World Series team that totaled 103 wins. ...The Yankees broke the single-season MLB home run record with 267 regular season homers. They homered in 80.1 percent of their games. 

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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop DiDi Gregorius (18) hits a single to during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

The Yankees travel to Boston to face the Red Sox in their final regular season series of 2018 on Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are 7-3 in their last 10 games. ...New York's magic number for home field during the WCG is one after their win over the Rays. ...Andrew McCutchen will play in his 1,500th career game on Friday night, making him one of 14 outfielders to reach that feat in his career. ...Aaron Judge had the most popular jersey in the MLB for the second consecutive season. ...Giancarlo Stanton had his fourth multi-HR game on Thursday. ...Luke Voit has back-to-back three-hit games.

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Sep 27, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts and points to the Tampa Bay Rays dugout as he hits catcher Jesus Sucre (45) (not pictured) by a pitch and gets ejected from the game during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 27, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) reacts and points to the Tampa Bay Rays dugout as he hits catcher Jesus Sucre (45) (not pictured) by a pitch and gets ejected from the game during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees blew out the Rays, 12-1, on Thursday afternoon, but the story of the game was CC Sabathia's retaliation after the Rays threw behind one of his teammates. >> Box score


1) After Andrew Kittredge threw high and behind Austin Romine in the top of the sixth inning, Romine exchanged words with Rays catcher Jesus Sucre. In the bottom of the inning, Sabathia's first pitch to Sucre drilled him in the leg, leading to an immediate ejection. It also cost Sabathia $500,000, since he was two innings away from hitting his innings incentive. Sabathia looked at the Rays dugout on his way off the field, and said "that's for you, b*tch." 

2) Miguel Andujar, Giancarlo Stanton (2), and Luke Voit all homered for the Yankees. 

3) Before his ejection, Sabathia tossed five innings of one-hit ball, walking none and striking out five. 

Tags: Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees continue their series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees almost mounted a comeback in the top of the ninth last night, but they fell a run shy in an 8-7 loss to the Rays. They are 6-3 in their last nine games. ...The Yankees magic number to cliching home field for the AL WCG is still at two games. ...David Robertson made his 500th appearance as a Yankee last night, marking the third player to reach the milestone. ...Luke Voit went 3-for-5 with two RBI last, which gives him multiple RBI games in four of his last eight.

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Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (24) comes to the mound to talk during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 26, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson (30) reacts as catcher Gary Sanchez (24) comes to the mound to talk during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees managed to score four runs in the top of the ninth, but they couldn't get the fifth to tie it in their 8-7 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. >> Box score


1) The Yankees sent nine batters to the plate in what was a suspenseful final frame. With the bases loaded, Aaron Judge roped an RBI single to start the scoring. Then it was Luke Voit who barely missed a grand slam to tie the game up at 8 with the longest single ever to deep center field that scored two runs. Giancarlo Stanton would hit a chopper to third to score Judge, but no outs came out it. However, Tyler Wade and Miguel Andujar couldn't get Voit home for the tie.

2) Masahiro Tanaka had a three-run lead to work with when he entered the game, but he gave it right back with a three-run inning himself. He would settle down a little bit, but Tommy Pham would crush a solo homer in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Tanaka's line read four runs, three earned while striking out four and walking one over four innings of work. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tampa Bay Rays
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Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Didi Gregorius (18) Aaron Judge (99) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Yankees continue their series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees are a season-high 37 games over .500 after their win last night. The magic number to clinch the home Wild Card Game is two. ...Yankees hitters scored seven runs in the third inning last night, matching their highest-scoring frame of the season. ...Luis Severino picked up his 19th win on the season, third-most in the Majors. ...Yankees relievers have retired 36-of-43 batters in this series. ...Didi Gregorius has been cleared for baseball activities. Yankees "hopefully" will get him back for Boston series, according to Boone.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is congratulated as he hits a three-run home run third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in New York's seven-run third inning as the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score


1) Sanchez, who had been in a 1-for-27 slump over his previous eight games, drove in at least three runs in a game for the first time since June 15 as the Yankees' magic number to clinch home-field advantage in the wild-card game to 3.

2) The Yankees scored seven runs on four hits in the third inning off three Rays pitchers, which was more than enough run support for Luis Severino (19-8), who struck out seven batters and allowed two runs in five innings.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exults after hitting a solo home run off Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney during the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland Coliseum. (D. Ross Cameron/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees play the second game of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

The Yankees already clinched a spot in the wild-card game, as have the Oakland A's. Their magic number to clinch home-field advantage for the wild-card game is 4. ... Though Aaron Judge is hitting just .174 in eight games since returning from a fractured wrist, the Yankees are 6-2 in games he has appeared in.

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Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees RHP Luis Cessa (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will have J.A. HappLuis Cessa and Masahiro Tanaka start in a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays that begins Tuesday after they placed LHP CC Sabathia on the disabled list earlier Monday afternoon.

Cessa, who last pitched on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will start Wednesday and take Sabathia's spot in the rotation after he went on the DL with right knee inflammation.

The 26-year-old Cessa, who is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in seven minor-league starts and 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in eight major-league appearances (three starts) this season, received the nod over top prospect Justus Sheffield, who is 5-3 with a 2.16 ERA with the RailRiders and last pitched on Thursday; Chance Adams, who made his MLB debut earlier this month against the Red Sox; and Sonny Gray, who was bumped out of the rotation a couple of weeks ago.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer throws a pitch during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer throws a pitch during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are still engaged in talks with the Tampa Bay Rays about starting pitcher Chris Archer with the non-waiver trade deadline less than 24 hours away, a source told SNY.tv's Andy Martino.

New York is among six teams pursuing Archer, as MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports the Padres, Braves and Brewers have also expressed interest.

Archer, 29, is under team control until 2021, and surely would garner a significant return should Tampa Bay move him. 

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Though he made Yankees history by becoming the third player in franchise history to strike out 500 batters before turning 25, RHP Luis Severino had his worst outing of the season in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Severino allowed season-highs of seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings, suffering his second loss since mid-April. 

Since starting the season with a 1.98 ERA, Severino has a 7.80 ERA over his last three outings, going no more than five innings and allowing at least three runs in each start.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez's lack of hustle running to first base on his game-ending groundout cost the Yankees in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Sanchez was slow out of the batter's box when he hit into a game-ending 4-6-3 groundout with the bases loaded and two outs. Aaron Hicks beat a toss to second base, however shortstop Willy Adames had enough time to regroup and throw to first to beat Sanchez by a step.

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Luis Severino pitched his worst game of the season and the Yankees' rally fell short in a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Severino (14-3) suffered his first loss since June 10 as the Yankees fell to 1-2 in the second half of the season. He allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five-plus innings.

2) The Yankees trailed 7-3 in the sixth inning but rallied for three runs in the seventh to pull within one. After loading the bases with one out in the top of the ninth inning, Aaron Hicks grounded into a fielder's choice and Gary Sanchez, whose passed ball in the first inning allowed Jake Bauers to score from second base, hit into a 4-6-3 groundout to end the game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Tampa Bay Rays
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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 begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

Yankees notes

Entering Monday, New York's bullpen has the best ERA (2.78) among all 30 teams. ... While the Yankees are five games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, they have the second-best winning percentage in baseball. Their plus-130 run differential ranks third. ... Among qualified hitters, Miguel Andujar leads the team with a .287 batting average.

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Yankees LHP Chasen Shreve surrendered a walk-off home run on the first pitch of the 12th inning as New York lost its third straight game with a 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Five Yankees relievers combined to throw eight hitless innings until Shreve (2-2) gave up a walk-off home run to Jake Bauers on his first pitch to lead off the 12th inning.

2) Domingo German was shelled by the Rays, allowing six runs and nine hits over three innings. He gave up six extra-base hits, including an Adeiny Hechavarria home run and a Jesus Sucre RBI double that gave the Rays a 6-3 lead in the third inning. 

Tags: Adam Warren, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Miguel Andujar, Tampa Bay Rays
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CC Sabathia endured a rough second inning and the Yankees couldn't generate enough offense to overcome it in a 3-1 loss to the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about today's game

1) The Yankees struggled offensively aside from a fifth-inning solo home run by Aaron Hicks, who went deep for the eighth time of the year. Didi Gregorius hit his second triple of the season, but did not score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Tampa Bay Rays
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 (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

A strong start by Luis Severino combined with three home runs propelled the Yankees to a 6-1 win over the Rays on Wednesday night. >> Box score


Severino lasted six innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine Tampa Bay hitters. His ERA for the season now stands at 2.98.

Adeiny Hechavarria put the Rays in the lead in the top of the fifth with a solo home run, but the Yankees rally quickly in the bottom half. Jacoby Ellsbury led the frame off the with a walk before Aaron Hicks singled. With one out, Aaron Judge clubbed a two-run double to put the Yankees in front.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Yankees (88-69) continue a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (76-81) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (87-69) begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays (76-80) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

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