Yankees to Play Rays

After an impressive 9-1 run to start the second half of play the Yankees go back within the division to take on the surging Rays. This is not an extremely important series but with their play against the Red Sox being as dreadful as it is, they must take it to the rest of the division to keep it a two team race.

The Yankees have generally played well against the Rays including last season the first of the Rays big turnaround. Also going in their favor is the fact that Sergio Mitre their worst pitcher just pitched so he will not be going for them in this series.

While the Yankees have been playing well, so have the Rays. They have also made some pretty impressive come backs, the highlight of which was a come from behind victory against the Blue Jays where they won 10-9 after trailing 9-1 in the sixth. The Rays also have a good set of pitchers going this series in James Shields, Scott Kazmir, and Matt Garza.

If the Yankees are able to win this series and continue their fine play then they have a good chance of burying the Rays in the division boosting their shot of landing a playoff spot whether it be a return to AL East champion or a wild card birth. This of course is second fiddle to actually beating the Red Sox but if the Yankees can take these games it goes a long way to making up for their deficiencies against the Red Sox head to head, though that is something that should change if they plan on ending the season as world champs.

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