The New York Yankees were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays tonight by a score of 6-5. Even worse than the fact that it was their sixth straight loss, AJ Burnett blew a great start with a bad inning and Kyle Farnsworth got the save for the Rays.

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Recap

AJ Burnett continued his hot start tonight until an ugly sixth inning gave way to his overall poor performance:

  IP H R ER K BB
Burnett 5.2 8 6 6 3 1
Price 5 6 5 5 5 1

 

In the past five games, the Yankees batted .156 with runners in scoring position. Well, tonight their first two chances to get hits with RISP were successful, with consecutive singles by Russell Martin and Eduardo Nunez, whose single scored two.

The game went dull for a few innings, until more former Yankees came back from the dead to damage the Bombers, as Johnny Damon hit a Trop-Field special to right in the fourth. I honestly will never view him as a “True Yankee” from his time with the Red Sox, but he was a great outfielder, an integral part of the 2009 World Series roster, and his double steal against the Phillies is stuff of legend.

“Granderson has done it again!” – Curtis Granderson hit his 14th home run of the season (7th against lefties – best in the majors) to give the Yankees a four-run cushion. This was an absolute bomb to right that scored both Russell Martin and Derek Jeter.

The Rays would, however, come back with a five-run sixth, highlighted by two two-run home runs, one by Sam Fuld and another by BJ Upton.

Key Stats

3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter went 0-3 with a walk and a run scored to remain at 2,965 hits.

14 in 11: In their past eleven games, the Yankees have now committed 14 errors. Yuck.

2 for 2: The Yankees were successful on two pitchouts tonight, nailing Ben Zobrist and BJ Upton. Good work, Russell.

Ken’s Back!: As pointed out by Kim Jones’ Twitter account, tonight was Ken Singleton’s first broadcast since the passing of his late mother. Our thoughts at NYSOS is with the family as Ken gets back where he belongs – in the booth.

What’s Next?

The Yankees and Rays will finish up their two-game series before traveling up to face Baltimore in another two-game set. Let the insanity ensue. Dear Yanks, please win.

6:40 PM, YES. Ivan Nova (3-3, 4.70 ERA) vs. James Shields (4-1, 2.08 ERA)