Oh, yeah. There are the Tampa Bay Rays.
Two days after the euphoria of a huge win on Opening Day, the Rays fell back somewhat to last year’s performance, losing a 5-0 game to the New York Yankees. This time, no one was talking about parades. No one suggested anyone run for office.
The Rays had only five hits in the shutout, and four of those didn’t clear the infield.
“Yes,” Rays’ manager Kevin Cash said when asked if he believed the Rays would have a good offense. “We’re going to have some nights where it’s quiet. You look at what (C.C.) Sabbathia did. He was moving the ball. He really pitched. There wasn’t a sequence we could adjust to.”
“ This is a guy who we’ve had plenty of battles with and it seems like his efficiency and the way he has the ability to keep the ball off the barrrel and that’s what he did. It wasn’t any fault of the hitters. You just have to credit C.C. For his performance.”
Jake Odorizzi went seven innings for the Rays, giving up four runs and two home runs.
The two-run homer to Ronald Torreyes hurt Odorizzi.
“I rushed it and my arm dragged behind,” Odorizzi said. “It went about a plate difference. You can’t make mistakes like that in a game and it came back to bite us.”
The Rays are home again tonight against the Yankees in the rubber match of the series.