The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a score of 5-1. In what could have been an epic pitching duel between David Price and CC Sabathia, it was only Price that showed up ready to go. With the loss, the Yankees fall to 71-46 on the season.

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Price 8 6 1 1 4 2
Sabathia 8 10 5 5 7 0

To win tonight, the Yankees needed to have two things happen: they needed CC Sabathia to be himself, and David Price not to be himself. Well, CC gave up five solo home runs over eight innings, by far the most home runs he’s given up in one outing in his career. Casey Kotchman, Kelly Shoppach, and former Yank Johnny Damon took Sabathia deep in the third, and Elliot Johnson and Evan Longoria would all provide insurance later. If the Rays had any hits besides homers, this game really would have gotten out of hand.

On the other hand, David Price was just working. He hit the corners early and often, and only allowed the Yankees to have one earned run, which came from an Andruw Jones double in the fourth. The Rays played some fantastic defense, nailing Nick Swisher at home on the Jones’ double and turning a double play on Derek Jeter in the eighth that really took the wind out of the Yankee sails.

What’s Next?

Thankfully, the Yankees will get a chance at redemption tomorrow afternoon. Phil Hughes will take the mound, and he will look to keep lowering that darn ERA.

4:10, YES. Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.05 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (2-4, 7.11 ERA)