Another great game, another switch in the AL East Race. The Tampa Bay Rays took down the New York Yankees 4-3. Phil Hughes took the loss for the Yankees despite a great outing. With the loss, the Yankees move .5 games behind the Rays for the best record in baseball and the division lead.

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Initial Reaction:

Although the Yankees were able to get to James Shields early and often tonight, it didn’t often lead to runs.

P. Hughes 6.2 IP 4 R 6 H 4 K BB
J. Shields 6.1 IP 1 R 8 H 8 K 2 BB

Positives From The Game:

Early Run: The Yankees got an early run via Robinson Cano’s 99th RBI of the year on a bases loaded single. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they left the bases loaded.

Sneaky Derek: Derek Jeter got hit on the left forearm in the top of the seventh to reach first, except there was one issue: he didn’t get hit. It hit the knob of the bat. Derek acted like he was hit on the arm and was awarded first, much to the dismay of Joe Maddon, who was tossed. Let the “Yankees cheat” comments roll.

The Yankees Take Back the Lead!: Curtis Granderson followed Jeter in the 7th with a line drive home run to right field which gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

Negatives From The Game:

The Two Big Hits: Phil Hughes gave up two big hits tonight. Both were two-run home runs to Dan Johnson, the Tampa Bay DH. The first came in the fifth and the second came in the seventh, and both home runs gave the Rays the lead.

Interesting Facts:

Poor Kim Jones: Tonight, she was “hanging out with the fishes” in right-center field.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees have Thursday off while traveling back to Baltimore to take on the resurgent Orioles. First pitch is at 7:05 and can be seen on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

A.J. Burnett (10-13, 5.13 ERA) vs. Kevin Millwood (3-15, 5.30 ERA)