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Alex Rodriguez celebrates with Stephen Drew after scoring on an RBI single to center field by Chase Headley during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 19, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yankees’ Sweep Of Rays A Sign Of Hope

Of course, this could all turn into one big mirage. A better test comes up Monday night, when the Bombers start a four-game set against the 10-2 Tigers.

04/20/2015

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 17:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 17, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

A-Rod Provides The Power As Yanks Edge Rays 5-4

Alex Rodriguez inched closer to Willie Mays with two more home runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Friday night.

04/17/2015

Yankees’ right-hander Adam Warren (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Warren Solid Over 3-Plus In Yankees’ Loss To Rays

Adam Warren isn’t assuming he will earn a spot in the New York Yankees’ pitching rotation.

03/26/2015

The Yankees’ Michael Pineda delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 9, 2015 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

A-Rod 2-For-3, Pineda, Eovaldi Rock Solid In Yankees’ Win Over Rays

Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 3 and singled in a run for his first RBI since a season-long suspension, helping the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Monday.

03/09/2015

Joe Maddon (C) is introduced as the Chicago Cubs' new manager with Cubs president Theo Epstein (R) and general manager Jed Hoyer during a press conference on November 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Joe Maddon Introduced By Cubs; Manager Gets 5-Year Deal

Maddon was introduced Monday as Chicago’s fifth manager since the start of the 2010 season, replacing Rick Renteria.

11/03/2014

Joe Maddon (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Chicago Cubs Set To Introduce Joe Maddon As New Manager Monday

Recently-departed Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon will be introduced Monday as the new manager of the Chicago Cubs.

10/31/2014

Joe Maddon (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Joe Maddon Exercises Opt-Out, Won’t Return To Rays; Mets Not In On Him

The Rays announced Friday that Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season.

10/24/2014

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: James Shields #33 of the Kansas City Royals throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 10, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Playoff Pinch Hits: James Shields-Wil Myers Trade A Success For Royals

The Kansas City Royals traded for starting pitcher James Shields before the 2013 season, giving up top hitting prospect Wil Myers.

10/19/2014

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees scores in front of catcher Ryan Hanigan #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays on a sacrifice fly by Brett Gardner in the sixth inning of a game on September 17, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Jeter Ends Long Skid, Yankees Beat Rays 3-2

Derek Jeter ended an 0-for-28 slump that was the second-worst of his career, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night.

09/18/2014

Manager Joe Girardi #28 of the New York Yankees comes out to argue a call with umpires Marty Foster #60, Alan Porter #64 and Joe West #22. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Irate Joe Girardi Furious With Rays: ‘We Are Not Pin Cushions’

“I don’t know what they expect. You hit five of our guys in four games. You don’t think we’ll be pissed?”

09/17/2014

Yankees manager Joe Girardi looks on as Chase Headley argues with home plate umpire Marty Foster after Foster ejected Headley during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 15, 2014. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees Eliminated From AL East, Fall 6 Games Back In Wild-Card Race

Derek Jeter’s final season now has no chance of ending with an AL East title. “It’s frustrating,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after Monday night’s loss.

09/16/2014

Chris Young celebrates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on September 11, 2014. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

‘Faith’ Pays Off As Yankees Refuse To Perish In Playoff Hunt

“The bottom line, to just keep it simple, is we’ve just got to win games,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Picking up two on Friday would be a nice start.

09/12/2014

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11:  Chris Young #24 of the New York Yankees celebrates after hitting a walk-off game winning three run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the bottom of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on September 11, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeated the Rays 5-4.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Young Breaks Up No-Hitter, Hits Walk-Off Homer In Huge Yankees Win

Chris Young broke up Alex Cobb’s no-hit bid in the eighth inning and then launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that rallied the New York Yankees to a 5-4 victory.

09/12/2014

Stephen Drew is tagged out at home plate by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium on September 9, 2014. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees Out At Plate And Nearly Out Of Playoff Race

Even the Bombers acknowledge they are running out of time. With just 20 games remaining, they have a 5½-game deficit to overcome for the AL’s second wild card.

09/10/2014

Hiroki Kuroda (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hanigan Blocks Drew At The Plate, Rays Edge Yanks 4-3

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.

09/10/2014

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