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Rays Successfully Blank the Yanks

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The Tampa Bay Rays were getting giddy. Following a 7-0 blanking over the New York Yankees, the common verse repeated throughout the visitor’s clubhouse was that everyone was having fun.

“Oh absolutely,” said Rays’ manager Joe Maddon on if he is enjoying Tampa’s bid for a playoff spot. “I don’t feel tense, I feel excited, …check the fun box.”

The Rays started the good times right from the start, when Matt Joyce lead off the game with a solo-shot home run [18] to right-field off Yankees’ starter Hiroki Kuroda to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.

“It is different [to] dh and lead-off,” said Joyce, the designated hitter, who had never previously done both at the same time. “Never imagined I’d dh and lead-off a game.”

Tampa continued to score runs in that first inning off Kuroda as rookie outfielder Wil Myers singled up the middle after Joyce, scoring from first base to make it 2-0 on an RBI-double by David DeJesus.

“Wouldn’t say it’s easy, [I] make adjustments bat-to-bat,” said Myers on his successful first season in “The Show.”

DeJesus advanced to third on a throwing error, and reached home on a sacrifice-fly RBI by Rays’ third baseman Evan Longoria to provide the Rays with a 3-0 lead before the Yankees even had a chance to hit.

Matt Moore started the game for Tampa Bay, and won his 16th game of the year, giving up only three hits in five scoreless innings.

The Yankees advanced to second base in the first five innings against Moore, but were unable to get the big hit. Despite walking six Yankees and issuing a career-high three wild-pitches, Moore did not let the Bombers onto the scoreboard.

With at least one wild-pitch in each of his last seven starts, Moore has set a new franchise record, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau his streak is the longest currently going amongst all Major League pitchers this season.

“He had no command of his fastball, [but] even when he got wild, he’s not giving up any hits. He might be walking folks, but not giving up hits,” said Maddon on why he kept Moore in despite his erratic performance, adding, “A lot of bend but not break with him [Moore]. That’s the equalizer, that they [opposing teams] don’t get those base hits.”

The Rays certainly got their base hits, nine of them in all to the Yankees four.

Holding a team to under five hits for the 45th time this season is the most in the Major’s this year, while also tying a Rays record from 2012, which had previously been accomplished by an American League team back in 1973.

Tampa added two runs for a 5-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning after a James Loney two-RBI double right-center field scored Myers and Longoria.

In the top of the ninth inning, Tampa swung for two runs off Yankees’ reliever Shawn Kelley when a Delmon Young double scored Sam Fuld from first base, while a DeJesus RBI-double scored Young from third after a wild-pitch by Kelley for a 7-0 Rays advantage.

“On a nightly basis [it’s] a playoff feel, playoff atmosphere,” said Maddon whose Rays will have a chance to clinch their postseason ticket with a win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

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