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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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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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Infield mix-up, walk-off homer leads Yanks to win over Rays

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Shortstop Adeiney Hechavarria and second baseman Tim Beckham watched Gary Sanchez‘s playable grounder bounce between them on the left side of the infield for a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Brett Gardner homered leading off the 11th, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Thursday night for their fourth straight win. Gardner tripled to the left-center wall off Alex Colome leading off the ninth, but the closer appeared to pitch out of…

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All rise as Aaron Judge smashes his way to Home Run Derby title

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Aaron Judge dominated the All-Star Home Run Derby in the same manner he has smashed his way through his rookie season. The larger-than-life New York Yankees slugger beat Minnesota’s Miguel Sano 11-10 with two minutes to spare in the final Monday night, reaching 513 feet and displaying remarkable power to all fields. Judge, 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, sprayed balls off the glass behind left field that supports the Marlins Park retractable roof, hit one over the Red Grooms home run…

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Rays fans happy for Chris Archer, but his All-Star selection is puzzling

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The Tampa Bay Rays hoped they would have a second American League All-Star by Friday. As it turns out, Corey Dickerson will have one of his teammates with him Tuesday night in Miami, but not the one they might have expected. Logan Morrison came up short in the All-Star Final Vote, with Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas winning that spot. On Friday, MLB announced Chris Archer will be added to the pitching staff. Naming him to the team was the easy…

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Logan Morrison speaks to truth about Home Run Derby snub

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Logan Morrison spoke for the Major League Baseball small market teams with his Tuesday comments following the decision not to invite him to Monday night’s Home Run Derby. Good for him. On Wednesday, MLB announced New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and his 13 home runs will join 7 other participants, while Morrison and his 24 home runs received the “not interested” snub. The Rays’ first baseman spoke his mind when asked. “Gary shouldn’t be there,” Morrison said. “Gary’s a…

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