• Yankees running out of time to prove they are title-worthy team

    Yankees running out of time to prove they are title-worthy team

    A home clubhouse celebration scene at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night would’ve been gauche. Also perfectly appropriate. And now that the Yankees can bid farewell to the dangerous Rays for the duration of this regular season, it’s time for a true character test: Will this 2020 group be remembered for doing anything besides validating the Rays’ …
  • Yankees in dangerous spot after Rays beatdown

    Yankees in dangerous spot after Rays beatdown

    Because there are added ways to get into the postseason this COVID- impacted year, it would be premature to post funeral home visiting hours for the Yankees. Yet a team many believed capable of being World Series champs during each spring training session is circling the drain in regards to winning the AL East, and …
  • Rays get quick revenge on Yankees in nightmarish first inning

    Rays get quick revenge on Yankees in nightmarish first inning

    Talk about sweet revenge! Tampa Bay Rays infielder Mike Brosseau, who nearly had his head taken off by an Aroldis Chapman 101 mph fastball Tuesday night, blasted a 420-foot, two-run home run Wednesday as part of a runs-filled first inning that saw Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery chased off the mound. The Rays cheered loudly from …
  • 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 …
  • Rays, Blue Jays plotting trade deadline splashes to push Yankees

    Rays, Blue Jays plotting trade deadline splashes to push Yankees

    The Yankees may not be the AL East favorite much longer. Sitting just half a game behind the Yankees for first place, the Rays are “being very aggressive in [trade] conversations” with the Aug. 31 deadline approaching, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Before the Subway Series was canceled because of two positive Mets’ coronavirus tests, …
  • Gerrit Cole can’t stop Yankees from losing to Rays again

    Gerrit Cole can’t stop Yankees from losing to Rays again

    Gerrit Cole did his part to slow down the Rays’ dominance of the Yankees during this mini season, but it wasn’t enough to overcome very little support from the lineup and a costly error by Zack Britton. “Whether it is the Rays right now or anyone else any time it is Gerrit’s day that is …
  • 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 …
  • Yankees fall to rival Rays in first home loss of season

    Yankees fall to rival Rays in first home loss of season

    At some point the Yankees had to miss the firepower provided by Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu. With that trio on the injured list, Masahiro Tanaka absorbed a beating and Rays lefty Blake Snell provided far too many hills for the Yankees to climb on the way to a 6-3 loss at Yankee …