Tampa Bay Rays defeat New York Yankees, 9-3

ST. PETERSBURG - Maybe you can chalk this up to the way the Yankees always seem to start slowly.

Or you could blame two off days in the first week of the season for throwing off their rhythm.

Whatever the reason, the Yankees looked ragged in a 9-3 loss to the Rays Friday night. You can add powerless and listless to that as well as Rays lefty David Price stifled them, yielding just three runs on seven hits over 7-2/3 innings.

But none of the Bombers looked as bad as J...

ST. PETERSBURG - Javier Vazquez's second stint with the Yankees started off just like his first one ended. And in case you forgot, that's not good.

The Rays rocked Vazquez for eight runs in 5-2/3 innings, handing the Yankees a 9-3 beating to begin a three-game set Friday night at Tropicana Field.

The stakes weren't nearly as high for Vazquez as they were when he served up a pair of Johnny Damon home runs in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, but instead of putting his gruesome...