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NY Yankees0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 150
Tampa Bay2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 2100
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  W: C. Morton (10-2)   L: J. Paxton (5-4)   S: E. Pagán (5)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, July 7, 2019
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 20,091

Rays, Yankees seek strong first-half finish

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According to STATS

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Today will be the third meeting between the Yankees and Rays on the 4th of July, with the Yankees winning the first two in 2012 and 2015. New York is 94-71-3 (.570) all-time on the 4th of July, third best among active franchises, while Tampa Bay is 8-13 (.381), second worst ahead of Colorado (10-17).
  2. Since 2015, the Yankees have won 20 of their 27 series against the Rays, the second-best series record by any team against a divisional opponent since then (Dodgers vs. Padres; 21-5). The Yanks have won four straight series against the Rays dating back to 2018.
  3. On Wednesday night, the Rays were tied with the Orioles through seven innings before allowing six runs in the ninth to lose, 9-6. The Rays are 47-0 when leading through seven innings this season, one of two unbeaten teams (Angels), but are just 3-37 when tied or trailing through seven, third worst in MLB.
  4. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with 110 hits, 64 runs and 61 RBI this season. He is the fourth Yankee all-time with 110+ hits, 60+ runs and 60+ RBI before the All-Star break, joining Lou Gehrig in 1936, Don Mattingly in 1986 and Derek Jeter in 1999.
  5. Mike Brosseau hit his first career home run on Wednesday against the Orioles, his fifth career hit and third for extra bases. He is the second player in franchise history with at least five hits and three extra-base hits through four career games (also Delmon Young in 2006).
  6. Gleyber Torres notched his 50th RBI of the season on Wednesday against the Mets. The only other Yankees 22 or younger to tally at least 50 RBI before the break were Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, who each did so twice.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/4/2019 thru 7/7/2019
(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

One loss decided by struggles with runners in scoring position and a game-ending hit will hardly dampen an extremely successful first half for the New York Yankees.

Meanwhile, an ability to limit big hits by a potent lineup and produce a dramatic win is something the Tampa Bay Rays hope to see more of.

The Yankees and Rays will conclude the first half Sunday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series between the top two teams in the AL East in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Yankees lead the season series 9-3 and have won each of the first three series between the teams, whose first three games of this series were decided in the last at-bat.

After the Yankees began the series by scoring five times in the 10th inning Thursday and four times in the 11th Friday, the Rays snapped a six-game losing streak to New York with Saturday's 4-3 victory.

Travis d'Arnaud hit the game-winning homer in the ninth off Chad Green, after Colin Poche allowed a two-strike, game-tying homer to Aaron Hicks with two outs in the top half of the inning.

"Good to see the guys respond," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's been a trying couple of weeks. It's been a trying homestand. It's been a trying series."

The Yankees enter their final game before the All-Star break leading the American League at 57-30. They are 16-3 in their last 19 games and have homered in 35 of their last 36 games.

"We're out here trying to win a baseball game every night, trying to win a championship," New York left-hander CC Sabathia said. "That's the main focus."

Tampa Bay heads into its final game before the break 7 1/2 games behind the Yankees. The Rays were 43-28 after beating the Los Angeles Angels on June 16 but are 8-11 since and have dropped seven games in the standings.

If the Rays can start a hot streak, they likely will do it without Jose Alvarado for a few weeks.

The left-hander strained his right oblique throwing a pitch to Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning Saturday. Cash said Alvarado was headed for an MRI Sunday and will be out for an extended period.

James Paxton (5-3, 4.09 ERA) will end the first half of his first year with New York by starting Sunday. Paxton is 2-1 with a 5.23 ERA in his last seven starts since returning from missing four weeks with left knee inflammation.

Paxton last pitched Tuesday in a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets and allowed one run on eight hits in six innings. It was the second time since returning Paxton completed six innings.

He is facing the Rays for the first time as a Yankee. He is 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three career starts against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay's Charlie Morton (9-2, 2.36), who leads the AL in ERA, will attempt to reach double-digit wins for the third straight season and fourth time overall.

He rebounded nicely from losing two of his previous three starts by allowing one run on four hits in seven innings Tuesday against Baltimore. Morton struck out 12, including six straight at one point, and finished the game by fanning 10 over his last four innings.

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees, including a no-decision on May 19 when he allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks in four innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 7, 2019

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