Yankees At Rays: Yankees Finally Snap Losing Streak

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Yankees 6, Rays 2: Rodriguez Hits Two Home Runs, Yankees Snap Losing Streak

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Rodriguez belted two solo homers and the New York Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay in the finale of a two-game series.

Brett Gardner had three hits, an RBI and two runs scored for the Yankees, who banged out 12 hits to end their season-long skid.

Ivan Nova (4-3) picked up the win, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings. He was pulled after loading the bases in the sixth and four New York relievers closed the game out.

Former Yankee Johnny Damon had three hits for the Rays, who fell to 8-4 in their last 12 games. Their lead in the AL East was cut to two games over the Yankees.

Final - 5.17.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 6 12 1
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 1
WP: Ivan Nova (4 - 3)
LP: James Shields (4 - 2)

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Jorge Posada Fallout Still Swirling Around Yankees

The fallout from Jorge Posada's highly-publicized refusal to play for the New York Yankees Saturday night when he was placed ninth in the team's batting order is continued to rain down on the player, and the team. There are a couple of new reports today, one that Posada was so angry on Saturday that he asked off the team, another that he refused to catch when asked to do so during Spring Training.

The New York Post reported that Posada, claiming he had been treated unfairly by Manager Joe Girardi during Girardi's entire three-plus year tenure with the Yankees, wanted off the team. Girardi was the Yankees' starting catcher in the late 1990s when Posada came to the big leagues, and Posada eventually took Girardi's job. There has been a long-running belief that there remains some tension between the two dating back to that time.

The New York Daily News also reported that Posada refused to catch in a game during Spring Training. Posada denied that, saying the team "never asked" him to do more than catch in the bullpen a few times.

Posada has not been in the Yankee lineup since refusing to play on Saturday, and is hitting just .165. In many ways, it is unfortunate to see a proud 17-year veteran who has been so highly respected and done so much for the franchise involved in this type of bickering.

Sadly, though, the end comes for all athletes and they are usually the last to see it. In Posada's case the Yankees have to put winning above the veteran's feelings, and that is a hard pill for any veteran to swallow.


Rays 6, Yankees 5: New York Blows 5-1 Lead, Loses Sixth Straight

Through five innings Monday night the New York Yankees looked headed for a much-needed victory over the Tampa Bay Rays that would have snapped a five-game Yankee losing streak. Instead, A.J. Burnett melted down in the sixth inning and the Rays scored five times, turning a 5-1 deficit into a 6-5 lead, which they held onto for the win.

Burnett surrendered two-run home runs to Sam Fuld and B.J. Upton during the uprising, as well as an RBI single to Matt Joyce. Former Yankee Johnny Damon also homered for Tampa Bay.

Curtis Granderson hit his 14th home run of the season, a three-run blast that gave New York a 5-1 edge in the fifth. The Yankees also scored twice in the second inning.

Kyle Farnsworth, a former Yankee reliever, pitched the ninth inning for Tampa Bay to earn his eighth save.

The Yankees are now just one game above .500 at 20-19. Their sixth straight loss dropped them three games behind the 24-17 Rays in the American League East.

Final - 5.16.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 7 1
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 X 6 9 1
WP: Juan Cruz (2 - 0)
SV: Kyle Farnsworth (8)
LP: A.J. Burnett (4 - 3)

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