Tampa Bay Rays defeat New York Yankees, 9-7
Several new faces have helped the Yankees deviate from the corporate stuffiness of the past few years.
The looser atmosphere punctuated by A.J. Burnett's cream-pie antics have been a welcome change.
The club witnessed another change Saturday, however, when long-time star Mariano Rivera was anything but himself.
Not only did he serve up a rare four-run inning in taking the loss, he stepped out of character and publicly disagreed with a key strategic decision by his ma...
This wasn't nearly as egregious as Fernando Martinez's failure to run out a pop fly recently for the Mets.
But Joe Girardi acknowledged that he addressed a similar play following Saturday's 9-7 loss to Tampa Bay with Francisco Cervelli. The rookie catcher jogged slowly to first base and was forced to stay there when Rays third baseman Willy Aybar dropped his pop-up along the line in the sixth inning.
"That's been discussed with him," Girardi said. "It's a ball he tho...
If the Tampa Bay Rays looked as though they weren't intimidated or even bothered by having to face Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning Saturday, that's because they weren't.
Locked in a tie game and listening to "Enter Sandman" as the teams headed to the ninth, the Rays came in with the kind of confidence that seems to come only from having beaten Rivera before - just ask the Boston Red Sox how that goes. The last time Rivera and the Rays had squared off, one month ago t...