Left fielder Matt Joyce threw out Stephen Drew in the fifth inning when catcher Ryan Hanigan blocked the sliding runner, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on to beat the fading New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night.
Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer off fill-in closer David Robertson in the ninth inning, falling down on a twisted ankle as he finished his swing, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night.
The outcome of ‘Wild Card Wednesday’ has made the Yankees’ playoff match-ups the toughest possible. Verlander and the Tigers are no easy task and the Rays are built for playoff success.
Russell Martin has had a unique two days. The Yankees catcher homered and also hit into a triple play in New York’s 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Rays manager Joe Maddon isn’t quite ready to deliver a concession speech, even though Tampa Bay is running out of time — behind New York — in the AL playoff race.
Sam Fuld and B.J. Upton both hit two-run homers to help the Tampa Bay Rays rally and hand the New York Yankees’ their sixth consecutive loss with a 6-5 victory Monday night.
Matt Joyce hit a two-run triple and eight pitchers combined on a shutout, leading the Rays past the Royals 4-0 Saturday night and pushing the AL East race to the final day of the season.