• Aroldis Chapman, Aaron Boone suspended for roles in Yankees-Rays bench-clearing

    Aroldis Chapman, Aaron Boone suspended for roles in Yankees-Rays bench-clearing

    MLB has handed down its punishments stemming from the benches-clearing incident at the end of Tuesday’s Yankees-Rays matchup. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will sit out three games for “intentionally throwing a pitch” at the head area of Tampa batter Mike Brosseau in the top of the ninth inning of the 5-3 win. Chapman was also …
  • Rays anger goes beyond Aroldis Chapman: ‘Tired act’ by Phil Nevin

    Rays anger goes beyond Aroldis Chapman: ‘Tired act’ by Phil Nevin

    The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t just have a problem with Aroldis Chapman after the flame-throwing closer buzzed Mike Brosseau’s head with a 101-mph fastball behind his head in the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 5-3 win Tuesday night at the Stadium. While Rays manager Kevin Cash charged afterwards that his team also has “a whole …
  • MLB needs to punish Yankees and Rays for ill-timed debacle

    MLB needs to punish Yankees and Rays for ill-timed debacle

    Nope. Not in this COVID baseball season. Not at this tempestuous moment in our country’s history. I’m betting Rob Manfred and his deputies will correctly agree. An important Yankees victory Tuesday night — 5-3 over the rival Rays at Yankee Stadium, halting a six-game losing streak against their low-payroll nemeses — turned extremely ugly at …
  • Aroldis Chapman’s high heat sets off bench clearing as Yankees beat Rays

    Aroldis Chapman’s high heat sets off bench clearing as Yankees beat Rays

    The Yankees finally beat the Rays on Tuesday night, but not without some late drama. With two outs in the ninth, Aroldis Chapman’s 101 mph fastball went behind Mike Brosseau’s head. After the umpires huddled, both benches were warned, and Chapman fanned Brosseau to finish the 5-3 Yankees win. But before everyone left the field, …
  • Rays’ Kevin Cash makes ‘scary’ Yankees threat after Aroldis Chapman fiasco

    Rays’ Kevin Cash makes ‘scary’ Yankees threat after Aroldis Chapman fiasco

    Tampa Rays manager Kevin Cash appeared to threaten the Yankees on Tuesday following his team’s 5-3 loss at the Stadium, as the rivalry soared to new heights. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning threw a 101 mph fastball that went behind Mike Brosseau’s head, causing the benches to clear once the final out …
  • Yankees should know by now that Rays aren’t going away

    Yankees should know by now that Rays aren’t going away

    These Rays, these Rays, these Rays. They’re the gum you can’t get off your shoe, the hiccup you can’t stop, the annoying high school classmate who tracks you down no matter how many times you change your number. They’re the Yankees’ regular serving of humility, unprescribed and undesired. There won’t be yearlong perfection at Yankee …
  • Rays’ Kevin Cash validates Yankees’ anger over high-and-tight pitches

    Rays’ Kevin Cash validates Yankees’ anger over high-and-tight pitches

    Kevin Cash won’t let history hinder his team’s strategy. As the Rays prepared to close this weekend’s series against the Yankees at Tropicana Field, their manager validated the Yankees’ feelings that led to two ejections on Saturday but didn’t vow any changes. “The only thing we’re mindful of is, we’re trying to compete and go …