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Seldom used Nick Franklin homers to lead Rays past Yankees

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Nick Franklin?

You could just imagine the players of the New York Yankees, shaking their heads and saying, “Nick Franklin?”

Franklin, who was hitting only .133 in a sputtering season, cranked a two-run homer in the sixth to give the Tampa Bay Rays a lead. The Rays won, 6-3, to break a three-game losing streak.

It was a while coming. Franklin, expected to contend for a middle-infield role on this team, had only one home run and only three RBI on the season. Franklin had gone 0-for-his-last-12. He was in the game only because Asdrubal Cabrera injured himself coming out of the batter’s box.

The Yankees had taken an early 3-2 on home runs off Jake Odorizzi when Alex Rodriguez hit a solo shot and Greg Bird hit a two-run shot. But Odorizzi gave up only three hits in six innings and evened his record at 8-8.

Mikie Mahtook had three hits for the Rays, while John Jaso and Logan Forsythe each had two.

The last two starts against the Yankees, Odorizzi has given up six hits. Five of them have been home runs.

Brandon Gomes got his first save for the Rays.

Chris Archer starts for the Rays today against Luis Severino.

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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