Yankees Vs. Rays: New York Wins, 4-3, On Wednesday

The New York Yankees snapped a two-game skid against the Tampa Bay Rays with a 4-3 win on Wednesday.

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Yankees Vs. Rays Final Score: New York Rallies Late To Win, 4-3

The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, on Wednesday at Tropicana Field. The win was the only one of the three-game set for the Yankees.

The Yankees fell behind in the game on an RBI single by Sean Rodriguez in the fourth inning. A Mark Teixeira solo shot tied the game up in the seventh inning. Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to give the Rays the lead back. Alex Rodriguez walked in the eighth inning which started the rally. Eric Chavez scored on the Rodriguez walk. Robinson Cano's two-RBI single gave New York a 4-3 lead going into the ninth inning.

The Yankees' starter David Phelps only lasted 4 1/3 innings. He only gave up two hits, three walks and one earned run while striking out eight batters. Boone Logan allowed two earned runs on two hits but was still given the win. David Robertson set up Rafael Soriano for the ninth inning by pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Robertson struck out two batters and walked one. Soriano closed the door on Tampa Bay and picked up a save with a scoreless inning of relief and a strikeout in the ninth. David Price went seven innings for the Rays, giving up four hits, one earned run and two walks while striking out eight batters. Kyle Farnsworth lasted just 1/3 of an inning in relief of Price and gave up four walks and three earned runs. Farnsworth was charged with the loss.

The Yankees (49-32) next series begins on July 6 when they take on the Boston Red Sox (42-40) at Fenway Park.


Final - 7.4.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3

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Yankees Vs. Rays Final Score: New York Loses 2nd Straight, 7-4, Tuesday Night

The New York Yankees fell, 7-4, Tuesday night in the second game of their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. They blew a 3-0 lead after losing a 2-0 lead Monday. Ivan Nova (9-3) struggled, giving up six runs, three earned, off seven hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out five, but also gave up a two-run home run to Sean Rodriguez in the the fourth inning to give the Rays a 5-4 lead.

Nova gave up a single to Jose Molina to lead off the inning, setting up Rodriguez for what would prove to be the game-winning at-bat.

The Yankees peppered James Shields (8-5) with 10 hits and four earned runs before he left the mound after seven innings. DeWayne Wise put New York up 3-0 with a solo home run in the third. The Rays tied the game in the the bottom of the inning, however, adding two runs on a Jeff Keppinger single.

Eric Chavez got the lead back for the Yankees with a single to score Raul Ibanez in the fourth inning. The 4-3 lead was short lived, however, thanks to Rodriguez.

The Rays added another run off the Yankees' newly-acquired reliever, Chad Qualls. The former member of the Philadelphia Phillies gave up three hits in 1 2/3 innings pitched. The Rays' Fernando Rodney earned his 24th save of the season, striking out two in the ninth inning.

The Yankees committed three errors on the night, two credited to catcher Russell Martin, and allowed five stolen bases.

Game 3 of the series is set for 3:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The Yankees will look to snap a nine-game losing streak at Tropicana Field. David Phelps (1-3, 3.16 ERA) will take on the Rays' David Price (11-4, 2.92) on the mound


Final - 7.3.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 3
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 X 7 10 0
WP: James Shields (8 - 5)
SV: Fernando Rodney (24)
LP: Ivan Nova (9 - 3)

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Yankees (48-31) Vs. Rays (42-38) Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

A night after dropping the three-game series opener, the New York Yankees will try and even the set against the host Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday at Tropicana Field (7:10 p.m. ET on YES Network and MLB Network). Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.03 ERA) will take the mound for the Yankees and will oppose Rays' ace James Sheilds (7-5, 4.04 ERA) in the sandwich game.


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So far this season, Nova has been the guy to reignited NYY as they have lost only one game he has pitched since May 19. The sophomore righty will toss his first game in the month of July, which will follow an amazing June that featured him going 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA.

Meanwhile, Shields is coming off one of his worst performances of the season as he gave up 14 hits and issued two walks in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.


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Yankees Vs. Rays Final Score: New York Blows 2-0 Lead, Loses Series Opener, 4-3

The New York Yankees blew a 2-0 lead Monday night, losing 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays in the series opener of the three-game series at Tropicana Field. The normally sure-gloved Mark Teixeira committed a fielding error on an Elliot Johnson grounder to first base with two outs in the seventh inning, scoring Brooks Conrad from second to give the Rays the winning run.

Freddy Garcia gave up solo home runs in the fourth and the sixth innings to B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena, respectively. Garcia left the mound after Pena's blast with the score 2-2 having pitched 5 1/3 innings. His five hits allowed and four strikeouts look reasonable on paper, but the two homers would prove to be costly.

With two outs in the seventh inning, Conrad hit a double off David Robertson (0-3) to score Sean Rodriguez. On the next at-bat, Teixeira misjudged Johnson's grounder as it appeared to nick first base running down the foul line. The ball may have touched Teixeira's glove before dribbling into foul territory. The error was his first of the season.

Robertson finally got the third out of the inning on a Desmond Jennings foul out to the catcher. Robertson earned the loss after giving up one hit and an unearned run.

Teixeira's mistake marred what was otherwise a fine night at the plate. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, and put the Yankees on the board in the first inning with a double to score Derek Jeter. He ran in another run off a Robinson Cano single later in the inning, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Matt Moore (5-5) gave up three runs, all earned, off nine hits and three walks in seven innings, striking out three. A Curtis Granderson sac fly in the top of the seventh scored Chris Stewart, and briefly gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

Fernando Rodney earned his 23rd save of the season throwing one strikeout and allowing no men on in the ninth.

Game 2 of the series will begin at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.03 ERA) will take on the Rays' James Shields (7-5, 4.04) on the mound.


Final - 7.2.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 9 1
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 X 4 7 0
WP: Matt Moore (5 - 5)
SV: Fernando Rodney (23)
LP: David Robertson (0 - 3)

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