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Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia tames Rays bats, brings Tampa Bay to earth

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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.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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