Rays fall to Yankees in surreal 'home game' at Citi Field

Rays fall to Yankees in surreal 'home game' at Citi Field

Rays fall to Yankees in surreal 'home game' at Citi Field

The Mets were playing at home Friday night, but at noon, two hockey nets were on the infield dirt behind first and third, and the rough dimensions of a rink were marked out by long banners.

The two runs that Sonny Gray allowed would prove fatal as the New York Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. Rays manager Kevin Cash said Eovaldi will next pitch for Triple-A Durham in the playoffs or the instructional league.

But off the bat at Citi Field, Tuesday didn't appear to be Gray's day.

Odorizzi is coming off one of the best starts of his career last Tuesday, when he carried a no-hitter into the seventh against the Twins and earned the win after allowing one hit over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory.

For the second time in two weeks, Major League Baseball opted to move a series in order to avoid a potential weather disaster, this time ahead of a storm tabbed to be one of the biggest and deadliest in American history. "Right before the game started, 'Let's Go Yankees!' (was) chanted". "It's an honor to be here on a tough day in our country, but (one) turned into a day of remembering".

Aaron Judge walked leading off the fourth for the Yankees, went to third on Gary Sanchez's single - New York's first hit - and scored on Didi Gregorius' sacrifice fly. Ellsbury then reached on catcher's interference, breaking a tie atop the all-time list with Pete Rose, before Frazier hit a three-run homer off the facing of the second deck in left. NY began Tuesday four games ahead of the Twins for the first AL wild card.

"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.

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Gray pitched an eighth-inning complete game, allowing two runs - both of homers - on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.

Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi (8-7, 4.58 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (11-5, 3.91).

The New York Yankees have been at the top of their game and that has put some pressure on the Boston Red Sox.

Matt Holliday's 2-out RBI double gets the @Yankees on the board first! He flied out to the warning track in right in the eighth. The Rays (71-74) dropped them four games behind the Twins in the race for the second wild card. "The Islanders and Devils are great franchises with great histories and important parts of the league", said Bettman, "but this is also a nationally televised game, and there are a variety of considerations that we had to weigh".

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird was scratched because of back spasms he started to feel Sunday. Rays OF Steven Souza (bruised left knee) missed his third straight game.

At 5:03 p.m. on a warm September night in Queens, the gates behind home plate at Citi Field swung open, and eight minutes later, the first fans began to file through the turnstiles, none of them wearing Mets caps or jerseys.

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