Legends On Deck

Rodriguez’s Record Not Enough For Yankees’ Win Attempt

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(Gabe Rodriguez/LOD)

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez blasted his 32nd homer in the season and moved to 21st place in all-time hit list en-route to the Yankees’ 6-3 loss at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.

A-Rodwhose headfirst hustle on Sunday ended up with a bruised left knee, skied Jake Odorizzi’s pitch in his first at-bat in the first inning, lifting him past Craig Biggio into the sole possession with 3,061 hits.

Although A-Rod’s hit put the Yankees’ on the board first, the Rays salvaged a win in their ballpark with Nick Franklin’s go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Logan Forsythe singled to right in the bottom of the first and scored Grady Sizemore from third, equalizing the score. Mikie Mahtook then doubled to left at the top of the third, stole third and scored off Brian McCann’s throwing error to put the Rays ahead.

The Yankees jumped on top again with a two-run fourth inning, after Odorizzi walked Rodriguez, Greg Bird ripped his sixth homer to center.

But Tampa Bay never relinquished the lead after Franklin’s homer. Three Rays relief pitches – Enny Romero, Alex Colome and Brandon Gomes did not give up a run in the their three innings combined while the Rays hitters backed them up by adding two more runs in the eighth. J.P. Arencibia’s two-RBI single scored James Loney and Kevin Kiermaier.

The Yankees remained three games behind AL East-leading Toronto despite their loss because of Blue Jays’ 3-2 defeat at Atlanta.

Rookie Luis Severino will look to bounce back on Wednesday night when he faces off Chris Archer, who is 5-1 against the Yankees.

Thomas Zhou
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