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Aaron Judge hits 51st HR, but Yanks fall to Rays

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Aaron Judge hit his 51st home run to give the Yankees a quick lead, but New York missed a big chance to tighten the AL East race when Sonny Gray and the bullpen fell apart Thursday night in a 9-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees stayed three games behind division-leading Boston, which fell to Houston 12-2. Each team has three games left and both are assured playoff spots — if they wind up even, the Yankees would…

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Rays eliminated from postseason with loss to Yanks

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Aaron Hicks robbed Wilson Ramos of a first-inning grand slam in the outfielder’s return from the disabled list, and the playoff-bound New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Tuesday night to clinch home-field advantage if they end up in the AL wild-card game next week. Tampa Bay’s first three batters reached against rookie Jordan Montgomery (9-7), and Hicks leaped at the 385-foot sign in right-center to get his glove above the wall. He squeezed the webbing tight, preventing the…

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With quick hooks, Yanks win 2 of 3 from Rays at Citi Field

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Given a two-run lead and one out from qualifying for his first win with the Yankees, Jaime Garcia gave up an opposite-field single to left by Lucas Duda on a check swing. Joe Girardi walked to the mound, and Garcia handed him the ball without saying a word, without even looking at him, then muttered while walking to the dugout. “I don’t think I’ve ever been pleased when the manager takes me out,” Garcia said.

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Adeiny Hechavarria leads Rays over Yankees

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Displaced but not daunted, the Tampa Bay Rays hung tough in their temporary home. Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking homer off Sonny Gray in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Rays, hosting a series relocated to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma, beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Tuesday night.

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Rays salvage series finale with 5-3 win over Yankees

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Corey Dickerson hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a three-run third, and the Tampa Bay Rays‘ bullpen allowed one hit over five scoreless innings in a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday that salvaged the finale of a four-game series. Sergio Romo, Dan Jennings, Steve Cishek and Tommy Hunter pitched hitless relief after rookie Jacob Faria started just four of 20 batters with strikes and got only 12 outs on his 24th birthday.

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Brett Gardner’s walk-off single leads Yankees past Rays

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This latest hit by Brett Gardner produced another walkoff win for the New York Yankees – without any mishaps, either. Gardner hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, sending the AL East leaders over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 for their sixth straight win.

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Yanks take down Rays to win 5th in a row

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Masahiro Tanaka took a perfect game into the sixth inning and struck out a career-high 14, pitching the New York Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Friday night for their fifth straight win. Brett Gardner hit a leadoff home run, Aaron Judge lined his AL-leading 33rd homer and Clint Frazier added a three-run shot to boost Tanaka (8-9). With their spurt, the Yankees were poised to move past Boston and into the AL East lead for the first time…

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