Yankees beat Rays on Mets' home field


Other highlights include trips to Boston from April 10-12, August 2-5 and September 28-30 in the final series of the regular season. It's not like we had an advantage where we got in earlier or anything.

Rays RHP Nathan Eovaldi (Tommy John surgery) tossed a ideal inning for Double-A Montgomery on Sunday in his first game action since last August.

Sonny Gray pitched well, but got no run support.

The Tampa Bay Rays were looking like a challenger in the American League East before suddenly struggling over the past month.

And there were plenty of "Let's go Yankees" chants to go with the fact the Yankees got to spend the night sleeping in their own beds.

"It felt a little weird, for sure", Gray said. "We're pretty lucky. There is a lot of tension that's been relieved and a lot of uneasiness that's been settled".

"It's not the most ideal situation, but it's definitely not the worst", said Rays ace Chris Archer.

Ellsbury reached base on catcher's interference for a major-league-record 30th time, helping extend a five-run fourth inning for the Yankees, and Robertson earned the win by allowing just one hit over a career-high 2 2/3 innings.

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The crowd of 21,024 was about 6,000 more than saw the series opener Monday night.

The available seats were packed-15,327 was the announced attendance, with tickets going for $25-and the concession lines throughout the concourse were longer than what you'll likely see at any Mets game for the rest of the season. Foul balls that flew into empty sections were retrieved, eventually, by security guards. "Watching the other (Winter Classics) of the last 10 years - we're MI fans, so I watched the game in the Big House; I couldn't get there that year (Jan. 1, 2014 between Detroit and Toronto) - and saw the excitement of it".

There was a message for hurricane relief shown on the videoboard. He connected for his sixth homer this year, including a drive at Citi Field on May 7 while playing for Miami. The outing snapped a five-start streak in which Snell pitched at least six innings each time. Gray shoots for back to back wins after knocking off the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 with an unearned run allowed on six hits over 5.2 innings of work. "We won [on Sunday], and these next 18, 19 games are going to be huge for us".

Rays: RF Steven Souza Jr. returned to the lineup for the first time since Friday, when he nicked his left knee running into a wall at Boston.

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird was scratched because of back spasms he started to feel Sunday. He had an MRI.

The Yankees, the Rays and Major League Baseball discussed other options, including holding the games on the West Coast, which neither team wanted.

Yankees: LHP Jaime Garcia is 0-2 in five starts since being traded from Minnesota to the Yankees.