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Rays beat Yanks and remain in first

Posted By James Williams On August 25, 2013 @ 9:29 AM In Florida News,Insider Main,main feature,MLB,Sports Media | No Comments

Alex Cobb wants to sweep the Yankees today at the Trop. [1]

Alex Cobb wants to sweep the Yankees today at the Trop.

Last night in front of almost a sell out crowd the Rays beat the Yankees 4-2. It was another series win and the kept pace with the Red Sox and they lead the AL East by percentage points. The Rays overcame a 2 run deficit to storm back to score four runs  for the win. In the process, they moved to 74-53, that is 21 games over .500, a season high.

Today the Rays are looking for a series sweep and to hold on to first place in the in the tough American League East.

Here is a quick preview of today’s game 1:30 p.m. at the Trop:

Ivan Nova has been one of the New York Yankees’ most consistent starters of late, but the Rays Alex Cobb has pitched extremely well since returning to the line up after that frightening injury, the line drive off his head.

While Ivan Nova has been one of the New York Yankees’ most consistent starters of late, Alex Cobb has pitched extremely well since returning from a frightening injury for the  Rays.

The talented right-handers square off Sunday when the Rays try to complete a three-game home sweep of the Yankees.

“It’s not what you want, but you’ve got to turn it around (Sunday),” manager Joe Girardi said. “You can’t let this carry over.”

Meanwhile the Rays manager Joe Maddon had this to say after his teams big win:

“Our guys believed we were going to win (Saturday),” manager Joe Maddon said. “Not in a cocky way, just in a very confident way. When you get to that point in the year and you get that vibe among your group, it’s kind of a good thing.”

Cobb (8-2, 2.85 ERA) looks to help the Rays sweep a home series from New York for a third straight season.

He has allowed two earned runs, six hits and overcome six walks in 11 innings to win both starts since he missed two months after being hit in the head by a line drive June 15. Cobb walked four but gave up one of those earned runs and three hits in six innings of a 7-4 victory at Baltimore on Tuesday.

“Physically, he is (OK),” Maddon told the team’s official website. “Mentally and emotionally, I think he is. I don’t see any after-effects from what happened. He’s throwing the ball really well. The ball has been alive.”

He has a 1.52 ERA while winning three straight starts againstYankees, including a pair at home this season in which he’s yielded two runs, eight hits and struck out 15 over 16 2-3 innings.

Nova (7-4, 3.17), meanwhile, is 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA in eight starts since the beginning of July. However, he hopes for a better effort after matching a season high by allowing four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings of an 8-4 victory over Toronto on Tuesday.

Though Nova has lost both previous 2013 starts versus Tampa Bay, he’s posted a 2.63 ERA while the Yankees have been outscored 4-1.

Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria is 5 for 22 with a home run versus Nova, but had three hits Saturday and matched a career high by homering in three straight home games for the second time this season.

Longoria, who delivered a tiebreaking single in the sixth, is 12 for 26 with four home runs and five doubles in his last seven home contests.

Mark Reynolds had two hits Saturday for the Yankees after going 0 for 12 in the previous five games. He’s 0 for 5 with three strikeouts versus Cobb.

Teammate Alfonso Soriano is 2 for 27 over the last seven contests following a five-game stretch where he went 15 for 22 with five homers and 18 RBIs.

The talented right-handers square off Sunday when the Rays try to complete a three-game home sweep of the Yankees.

After the game the Yankees skipper had this to say about Sunday’s game:

“It’s not what you want, but you’ve got to turn it around (Sunday),” manager Joe Girardi said. “You can’t let this carry over.”

The Rays have won eight of 10 overall and 20 of 25 at Tropicana Field.

“Our guys believed we were going to win (Saturday),” manager Joe Maddon said. “Not in a cocky way, just in a very confident way.

“When you get to that point in the year and you get that vibe among your group, it’s kind of a good thing.”

Cobb (8-2, 2.85 ERA) looks to help the Rays sweep a home series from New York for a third straight season.

He has allowed two earned runs, six hits and overcome six walks in 11 innings to win both starts since he missed two months after being hit in the head by a line drive June 15. Cobb walked four but gave up one of those earned runs and three hits in six innings of a 7-4 victory at Baltimore on Tuesday.

“Physically, he is (OK),” Maddon told the team’s official website. “Mentally and emotionally, I think he is. I don’t see any after-effects from what happened. He’s throwing the ball really well. The ball has been alive.”

He has a 1.52 ERA while winning three straight starts against Yankees, including a pair at home this season in which he’s yielded two runs, eight hits and struck out 15 over 16 2-3 innings.

Nova (7-4, 3.17), meanwhile, is 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA in eight starts since the beginning of July. However, he hopes for a better effort after matching a season high by allowing four runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings of an 8-4 victory over Toronto on Tuesday.

Though Nova has lost both previous 2013 starts versus Tampa Bay, he’s posted a 2.63 ERA while the Yankees have been outscored 4-1.

Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria is 5 for 22 with a home run versus Nova, but had three hits Saturday and matched a career high by homering in three straight home games for the second time this season.

Longoria, who delivered a tiebreaking single in the sixth, is 12 for 26 with four home runs and five doubles in his last seven home contests.

Mark Reynolds had two hits Saturday for the Yankees after going 0 for 12 in the previous five games. He’s 0 for 5 with three strikeouts versus Cobb.

Teammate Alfonso Soriano is 2 for 27 over the last seven contests following a five-game stretch where he went 15 for 22 with five homers and 18 RBIs.


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