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Rays hope new 'home' field helps against Yankees

Rays hope new 'home' field helps against Yankees”

Lucas Duda, playing in the Citi Field for the first time since being traded to the Rays, walked on four pitches against Sabathia to begin the bottom of the second. The Rays are scheduled to host the Philadelphia Phillies (April 13-15), Atlanta Braves (May 8-9), Washington Nationals (June 25-26) and Miami Marlins (July 20-22).

Sternberg also told MLB Network the decision to return isn't final and that he still needs to receive a status update on the Tampa Bay area from police and fire officials.

After having to relocate to NY for a series against the Yankees because of Hurricane Irma, the club is eager to get back to Tampa Bay and play their scheduled home series vs. the Red Sox at Tropicana Field beginning Friday. NY began Tuesday four games ahead of the Twins for the first AL wild card.

The Rays will fly back to Florida immediately after Wednesday afternoon's game for firsthand looks at the storm damage.

The Yankees and Rays shifted their series from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, amid worries over Hurricane Irma. The Yankees (77-65) routed the host Texas Rangers 16-7 to extend their lead over the Minnesota Twins in the race for the first AL wild card to 3 1/2 games. Alex Colome earned his major-league-leading 44th save with a ideal ninth.

"We feel like we have the talent here to get hot".

"Everything right now points to us going there", Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "And maybe tonight's a start".

Gray (9-10) again pitched well but wound up with a loss.

The Yankees were held to just three hits by Blake Snell and four relievers.

The Tampa Bay Rays were looking like a challenger in the American League East before suddenly struggling over the past month.

But from the moment the Rays took the field to a smattering of boos, the crowd of 21,024 was decidedly rooting for the New Yorkers. The chants of "Let's go, Yankees" started as leadoff man Brett Gardner stepped in, and echoed for most of the evening.

"I'm sure a lot of them that may be up here are dealing with the same things I had to worry about", he said. "We had a pretty good turnout".

"It's not the most ideal situation, but it's definitely not the worst", said Rays ace Chris Archer. But the fact that this shift created a de facto home series for the Yankees-most of the night, it sounded as if the entire South Bronx temporarily relocated to Flushing-wasn't the main concern for the team when they first learned about their new digs last week. He allowed six earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks over four innings in a 10-6 home loss to the Twins his last outing.



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