Rays hope new 'home' field helps against Yankees

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And on the field, Rays players stretched, shagged flies or took batting practice, getting ready for a home game despite being almost 1,800 miles away from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., which sat empty and dark as a storm swirled around it.

That game drew more than 105,000 fans, more than twice as much than Citi Field - which will be the newest venue to stage a Winter Classic - can accommodate.

Tigers starter Myles Jaye lasted only 3.2 innings in his first major-league start, giving up seven earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks to the Indians, who won their 19th consecutive game.

"It definitely was a different feeling", he said. "We were more focused on not going back to a disaster".

In addition, the Sox will play each of those teams on the road, as well as a July 2-4 series in Washington DC against the Nationals. The Yankees captured the series opener 5-1 Monday.

And that didn't go very well, the 5-1 loss to the Yankees further weakening their slimmer-by-the-day chances to get into the American League playoff field, as they dropped to 71-74, and gained no ground from the 3-½ games they were back of the second wild-card. "It really did. I think it's impressive the amount of fans that have come out and", Cash said, pausing for effect before adding, "cheered us on".

"We're gonna have to win a lot", Archer said.

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The first game of that closing September stretch was plenty odd. As usual, that game will take place at 11 a.m. But instead of cheers, they got a deluge of boos; applause was saved for the Yankees, who even got the traditional Yankee Stadium roll call in the bottom of the first.

After putting runners on the corners with one out in the fifth inning, Sonny Gray struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and Kevin Kiermaier with breaking balls to get out of the jam and keep the game tied 1-1. "It was kind of what we expected, to be quite honest", said Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who took the loss Monday.

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. "Being labeled the home team doesn't change anything". All tickets were $25, with the upper seating levels around the bases closed off. NY totaled five hits and walked six times with Todd Frazier smashing a three run bomb during a five run 4th.

The Yankees (78-66) had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Before the game, Girardi tried to soften the idea that the Yankees could have a home-field advantage in Queens.

"He's hitting about.900 off me", Sabathia said.

"It felt a little weird, for sure", Gray said. "Baseball shouldn't be on anybody's mind down in Tampa right now". "[The hurricane] being over and things taking a turn for the better, you see guys here breathing sighs of relief", Odorizzi said. "But I think a lot of people's focus is back home instead of NY".