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New York Yankees Lose 5-2 to Tampa Bay Rays, Fall into First Place Tie with Baltimore Orioles

September 4th, 2012 at 10:28 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

With a 5-2 loss on Tuesday night to the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees have lost three straight games and are now tied with the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East, a division the Yankees have led since June 11. 

'Jeter' photo (c) 2009, Veronica Jauriqui - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Veteran Freddy Garcia started for the Yankees and did not pitch well, giving up five runs in five and a third innings. He is now 7-6 this season after getting the loss.

Also making appearances for the Yankees were Clay Rapada, who walked the only batter he faced, Cody Eppley, who pitched a scoreless inning and two thirds, and Joba Chamberlain, who finished the game with a scoreless inning. 

The struggling lineup of the Yankees failed to show up once again on Tuesday, with the team's only two runs coming from a Robinson Cano two run home run in the first inning. 

After Cano's home run in the first inning, the Yankees combined for just five hits without walking in the final eight innings of the game. The team was 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left all five runners on base. 

The Yankees and Rays will play on Wednesday night at 7:10 PM ET as the Rays will look to complete the three game series sweep. However, the schedule does not get any easier for the Yankees, as they will head to Baltimore for a four game series with the Orioles next. 

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Freddy Garcia, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays

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