New York Yankees Offense Sputters, Spoils Sonny Gray's Impressive Start…Again

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Yankees starter CC Sabathia delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field on September 11, 2017. The big-game lefty has defied physics, odds, and his recent history.

On Monday night, Yankees reliever David Robertson, who has 132 career saves, entered in the fifth inning for the first time since 2011 and picked up the win by throwing a career-high 2 2/3 innings in a 5-1 victory.

"I felt fine, that's the only positive I can take from (the start) is that I felt good and my stuff was good", Archer said. "You've got to be ready from, I guess, the third inning on".

Hechavarria's homer made a victor out of Tommy Hunter (3-5), the fourth of five Rays pitchers. Our plan right now is to fly home after Wednesday's game. Kiermaier started the game off with a homer in the bottom of the first and Hechavarria hit the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth.

"Normally, I'm out of my element swinging that hard, I normally don't swing that hard", Hechavarria said through an interpreter. The Yankees (77-65) routed the host Texas Rangers 16-7 to extend their lead over the Minnesota Twins in the race for the first AL wild card to 3 1/2 games. "I just got beat there".

The Rays are hoping to return home to the Tampa Bay area after Wednesday's matinee series finale and resume their home schedule on Friday against the Red Sox. Tommy Hunter earned the win in relief and Alex Colome picked up his 44th save. After a three-game series against their AL East foe, Boston will head about 260 miles south for a quick two-game interleague set against the Miami Marlins. "But tonight, it wasn't meant to be".

Sonny Gray is 3-0 when getting more than one run of run support and 0-5 when getting one run or fewer. And all those Twitter gangsters who judged Sabathia have either not lived to adulthood, or ever encountered the kind of real-life trauma that touches us all, in some form. "But over the long haul, if you pitch like that, it's going to work out really well for everyone involved". Yankees 1B Greg Bird (back) missed a second straight game.

As incongruous as it felt to see the Yankees play the Rays at the home of the hated Mets on Monday night, it smelled like home cooking. The Tampa Bay Rays have named right hander Blake Snell as Tuesday's starter versus the division rival New York Yankees. But as soon as Gray got ahead 1-and-2, every fan in the stadium - the Mets' building, on loan to the Rays - rose to their feet, clapping wildly, urging Gray for one more strike. The 41 year-old Yankee closer is one save shy of tying Trevor Hoffman's major league career record.

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