The Rays feel facing the Yankees for the first time in 2011 isn’t a big deal. That may be because the AL East leaders have a more pressing concern. Though, so do the Yankees.
The Rays, who had the AL’s best record this season, are trying to become the sixth team in major league history to win a postseason series after losing the first two games at home.
A lot of people thought the Twins would finally overcome their ALDS struggles against the Yankees, but with the series shifting to Yankees Stadium for Game 3 it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be the Twins’ year.
Bruce Chen, a journeyman left-hander who began the season in the minors and had a 1-13 record in the previous four years in the majors, knocked the Tampa Bay Rays into second place in the AL East.
Kevin Millwood allowed two hits over seven innings, Felix Pie hit a two-run triple and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Rays 2-0 before a capacity crowd of 36,973 on Wednesday night.
Securing the second playoff berth in franchise history is just a start for the Tampa Bay Rays. The AL East title is still on the line, and so is the best record in the league.
The Tampa Bay Rays say they’re concentrated on winning the AL East, while the New York Yankees seem to be more interested in opening the postseason at full strength – wherever they may have to travel. For now, they’re glad to be home.
Whenever there is trouble with the Yankees, there is one person I can turn to for some perspective. Sweeny Murti joined me to talk Yankees baseball as the team is trying to get back on track after their recent slide.
After splitting two extra-inning games, the Yankees and Rays conclude their current series Wednesday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays have almost everything they could want for a September playoff run. Now they just need some more fans to show up.
Another late-inning rally and victory over Boston left Tampa Bay in a famliar spot – tied for first place in the AL East.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon admitted checking the out-of-town scoreboard and liking what he saw.
Tampa Bay moved into a first-place tie in the AL East with the New York Yankees, who lost 8-6 to the Toronto Blue Jays.