The New York Yankees, behind rookie phenom Luis Severino, take the rubber game of the three-game set in Tampa Bay against the Rays.

  • Game 1, Monday: Yankees 4 – Rays 1
    • Win: Cotham (1-0)
    • Loss: Boxberger (4-10)
    • Save: A.Miller (33)
    • Heathcott 1-1, 3-Run Game-Winning HR (2)
  • Game 2, Tuesday: Yankees 3 – Rays 6
    • Win: Odorizzi (8-8)
    • Loss: Rumbelow (1-1)
    • Save: Gomes (1)
    • Rodriguez HR (32)
  • Game 3, Wednesday: Yankees 3 – Rays 1
    • Win: Severino (4-3)
    • Loss: Archer (12-12)
    • Save: A.Miller (34)
    • Bird 2-3, HR (7)

By Robby Sabo

New York Yankees, Luis Severino Take Rubber Game In Tampa BayThis three-game set in Tampa Bay against the Rays was nowhere near perfect for the New York Yankees. Still, it was exactly what they needed.

Taking two-of-three from Tampa while the first-place Toronto Blue Jays shockingly lost their series opener to the hapless Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night allowed the Yanks to inch a little closer.

On Wednesday night, in the rubber-game, Luis Severino out-pitched ace Chris Archer for his fourth win of his young career.

The man they call Sevy only allowed one run and six hits while striking out seven in just 5.2 innings of work.

The “nowhere near perfect” line comes from Tuesday night as Joe Girardi’s bunch had to suffer through a rough one, losing 6-3. Moving Adam Warren from the pen to the starting rotation that night put them in an almost impossible situation. Warren would only go 65 pitches max, and the bottom end of the bullpen would have to work most of the game.

However, prior to the Warren start the series got off to an emotion bang for the Pinstripers. Alex Rodriguez doubled home a run and little used Slade Heathcott hit a mammoth three-run home run to help the Yanks complete the comeback in the ninth-inning against Rays closer Brad Boxberger.

Only time will tell whether or not this emotional boost will carry through the weekend. The Yankees will rest on Thursday night before heading south to their cross town rivals for the second installment of the 2015 Subway Series on Friday night.

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