For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, playing as "home" team at Mets stadium

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The result pleased the decidedly pro-Yankees crowd of 15,327 that took advantage of $25 tickets in the lower bowl of the stadium usually occupied by the New York Mets. Gray has a 3.39 ERA in 10 road starts.

Reminders of the unusual arrangement - some amusing and some poignantly underscoring the intersection between baseball and real life - were present.

Tampa Bay has split the first two games of the set held at the home of the New York Mets. Mets 1B/DH Lucas Duda is plenty familiar with the stadium, having spent his whole career with the Mets before being acquired in a late July trade.

While there is plenty at stake in the standings - certainly more than on April 15, 1998, when the Yankees hosted Collins' Anaheim Angels at Shea Stadium after a 500-pound beam fell at Yankee Stadium - Odorizzi acknowledged it would be hard to concentrate after the Tampa area was hammered by Hurricane Irma.

Moments before the first pitch, Mets public address announcer Alex Anthony noted the recent devastation created by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Yankees and Rays shifted their series from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, amid worries over Hurricane Irma.

As the storm wound its way up the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend, it was the talk of the Rays' clubhouse as they played their series in Boston against the Red Sox. We expect them to chalk up another win here.

Anthony then asked for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Clint Frazier started in left field. In the sky behind Citi Field, a plane began its descent to LaGuardia Airport.

Tampa is going with RHP Jake Odorizzi on Monday.

Sabathia had a nice run going with four earned over three starts, but stumbled in Baltimore a bit with five earned on eight hits in 5.1 innings.

Sabathia allowed one run on six hits and two walks while fanning six over 4 1/3 innings. David Robertson threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. The over is 4-0 in the Yankees' last four versus the AL East and 5-2 in the Yankees' last seven during game one of a series. Garcia is 5-9 with a 4.43 ERA overall with Atlanta, the Twins and the Yanks. He flied out to the warning track in right in the eighth. And with Florida-based family and friends reported safe and sound team-wide, the Rays turned its attention to this upcoming series-one that was crucial to Tampa's dwindling postseason hopes; it entered the night trailing the Twins by 3 ½ games for the second wild-card spot.

"We lost the game in one inning", Cash said. He didn't play Monday after coming off the disabled list. He missed more than a month due to a strained left oblique.

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