Tampa Bay Rays defeat New York Yankees, 15-5

ST. PETERSBURG - How bad was the Yankees' pitching Monday night against the Rays?

Nick Swisher was the only hurler not to allow a run.

Swisher provided some momentary comic relief for the Yankees in the eighth inning of their 15-5 beating at the hands of the Rays, but while Swisher and some of his teammates were enjoying the absurdity of the slugger's scoreless inning, others didn't find any humor in the situation.

"Nobody was laughing," Jorge Posada said. "Today was...

ST. PETERSBURG - Not that anyone doubts the Rays are the real deal. But for a Yankee team that is trying to reestablish its dominance in the American League East, getting smacked around like this had to be as startling as it was humiliating.

And that was before Nick Swisher took the mound.

Yes, one week into the season the Yankee bullpen is already so taxed that Joe Girardi, hardly a man who looks for a little levity in a 15-5 defeat, turned to Swisher to pitch the e...