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Yankees hit five home runs in easy victory over Rays

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It’s too soon to call them the new Murderer’s Row. For an afternoon, however, the new New York Yankees blasted the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees hit five home runs, the most anyone has hit against Tampa Bay all season, in an 8-4 mashing of the Rays, 46-69 on the season. The Rays are the only team in the AL East that has not won at least 60 games this year.

New York got home runs from Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge on their first major league at-bats. Other New York homers came from Starling Castro, Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius. Rays starter Matt Andriese had given up five home runs all season long; he gave up four on one afternoon.

“We didn’t make many good pitches,” said Rays’ manager Kevin Cash. “Too many hittable pitches. Too many they’re capable of hitting out of the park, and they did.”

The Rays countered with only six hits, although two of them were home runs by Brad Miller.

Masahiro Tanaka won his ninth game for New York.

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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