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Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Yankees game

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Yankees game

Will the host Tampa Bay Rays take down the New York Yankees as a small favorite Wednesday afternoon?

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Rays are set as a -120 favorite to win on the moneyline. Jaime Garcia gets the ball, and he is 5-9 with a 4.43 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season.

Todd Frazier capitalized on Trevor Plouffe's two-out error with a three-run homer in a five-run fourth inning, and Jacoby Ellsbury broke Pete Rose's major league record by reaching base on catcher's interference for the 30th time. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost five of their last eight games when scoring four or less runs.

WHITE SOX 11, ROYALS 3 Jose Abreu had four hits, Adam Engel hit a three-run home run and visiting Chicago defeated Kansas City.




Only the lower deck was open, ticket prices were capped at $25 and a pro-Yankees crowd of 15,327 booed the Rays when they ran onto the field for the first pitch. The back-to-back rough outings have raised Archer's ERA from 3.66 to a season-high 4.00. NY has won seven of the last 10 meetings and the over-under is 4-5-1. The Yankees are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay. Tommy Hunter earned the win in relief and Alex Colome picked up his 44th save.

The Yankees finally got a fourth outfielder back when Clint Frazier was activated from the disabled list on Monday and the left fielder made his first appearance since being sidelined with a left oblique strain on August 9. Kevin Kiermaier and Adeiny Hechavarria provided the offense as they each hit a solo home run. Garcia (5-9, 4.43 ERA between the Yankees, Twins and Atlanta Braves) last pitched on August 30, when he allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings as NY fell to the Cleveland Indians 2-1.

The lack of run support is not new for Gray. Cole Hamels (10-3) struck out seven in six innings to win for the first time in his last four starts. Even so, Tampa Bay looks to be the play here. Two innings later, DeShields hit his fifth home run.