And that has translated to more Rays-like play on the field, as evidenced by their 3-0 win over the Yankees in front of an announced 19,177 at Tropicana Field, a win that capped a 5-1 homestand.
It had all of Tampa Bay’s trademarks, from right-hander Alex Cobb’s spectacular start to sparkling defense and timely hitting. And after another interesting ninth inning, closer Fernando Rodney shot his imaginary arrow to cap off the Rays’ AL-most fifth shutout of the season.
Cobb (3-1) set the tone with dazzling fastball command, striking out seven and walking one in coming two outs away from his second career shutout. And after Cobb allowed a one-out single in the ninth, the Yankees third hit of the game, Maddon was booed for ending the 106-pitch masterpiece.