New York Yankees defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 11-4

ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays had publicly called this the time to make their move, the time to start their climb toward repeating in the American League East, and perhaps all the way back to the World Series.

Maybe it's time instead for them to face the reality that 2008 is ancient history - and it's awfully hard to see how the underdogs are going to beat the big dogs this year.

That's not merely a reaction to the 11-4 pounding the Yankees put on the Rays Monday night, ...

ST. PETERSBURG - It's hard to be better than A.J. Burnett has been in his last eight starts, but like the rest of his teammates, the righthander isn't satisfied.

Burnett pitched the Yankees to an 11-4 romp over the Rays Monday night to kick off a nine-game road trip, holding the defending American League champs to one unearned run on two hits over seven innings. But even after matching CC Sabathia for the team lead with his 10th victory, Burnett was focused on the long-...