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Tampa Bay0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 790
NY Yankees0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 4 8100
  W: A. Chapman (2-3)   L: J. Beeks (2-2)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, August 17, 2022
Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York  Attendance: 42,512

Yankees search for missing offense in finale vs. Rays

According to STATS
According to STATS

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees

  1. The Yankees lead the season series seven games to three and won all three of the meetings in New York (June 14-16). Both teams are batting poorly against each other (New York .180 -- Tampa Bay .177) in their 10 matchups this season.
  2. The Yankees are 2-9 in their last 11 games and were shut out on the road against the Red Sox on Sunday. They have been shut out in nine games this season with six of the nine games having been on the road.
  3. Aaron Judge is hitless in his last two games but is batting exactly .300 on the season with a major league-leading 46 home runs and 100 runs batted in. The last Yankee to hit .300 with 40 or more home runs and 100 or more runs batted in was Alex Rodriguez in 2007.
  4. The Rays have won two straight after losing three in-a-row and are hitting .218 in 11 games in August. It is their lowest average in a single month since hitting .215 in July (first month of the season) of 2020.
  5. Randy Arozarena is hitting .333 (5-for-15) with three home runs, seven runs batted in and four runs scored over his last four games. He has at least one RBI and one run scored in each of his last four games. The team record is six straight games held by Carlos Pena (2010) and Wander Franco (2021).
  6. Gerrit Cole is 4-3 with a 3.05 ERA at home compared to 5-1 with a 3.79 ERA on the road. He has a 2-6 record all-time against Tampa Bay with the four games under .500 being his second worst against any team in the majors (1-8 against the Reds).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/15/2022 thru 8/17/2022
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

While the New York Yankees are not pleased they are going through their worst stretch of the season, they can taking some solace from the fact that they still hold a comfortable lead in the American League East.

Meanwhile, the second-place Tampa Bay Rays are excited about their recent performances and a chance to inch closer to first-place New York.

The Yankees hope to dodge a three-game sweep while the visiting Rays look to gain more ground in the division on Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game series.

New York's lead reached 15 1/2 games following a 12-5 win at Boston on July 8. Since that point, the Yankees are 11-22. The division gap is down to nine games for the first time since June 15 after the Yankees followed up a 4-0 loss to the Rays on Monday by managing just four hits on Tuesday in a 3-1 defeat.

"It's better to have this happen now in August than the first week of playoffs or near the end of the year when you're getting into the playoffs," New York slugger Aaron Judge said.

The Yankees are in a 2-11 skid and are 8-17 since holding a 64-28 record at the All-Star break.

New York also has scored three runs or fewer in seven consecutive games while playing short-handed.

"I think we're going to turn it around soon," New York pitcher Nestor Cortes said. "I don't know when, but this team is capable of doing big things and obviously we showed it the first half."

Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) took batting practice on Monday, and he could start a rehab assignment soon. However, DJ LeMahieu may miss a fourth straight game with inflammation in his right big toe and could be headed for the injured list.

The Rays, meanwhile, are finding their form.

Since a 10-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, Tampa Bay has outscored its opponents 19-4 during a four-game winning streak. The Rays are also 8-4 over their past 12 games.

Rays slugger Randy Arozarena hit a three-run homer four batters into the Tuesday game. He has four homers in his past six contests after going homerless in his previous 16 contests.

Because of Arozarena's latest homer, the Rays are within single digits of the division lead for the first time since June 13. They were 13 games out at the break and faced a 15 1/2-game deficit after being swept in Cincinnati July 8-10.

"Of course, everyone would love to win the division," Arozarena said through an interpreter. "You play less games in the postseason (with a first-round bye). But we've just got to keep staying positive, keep moving forward and hopefully just keep on winning."

Corey Kluber (7-7, 4.40 ERA), who is coming off a sub-par outing, will start the series finale for the Rays. On Friday, Kluber allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to Baltimore.

Kluber is 5-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 10 career starts against the Yankees. The veteran right-hander is 0-1 with an 0.75 ERA in two starts against New York this season.

New York's Domingo German (1-2, 4.18 ERA) will make his sixth start since returning from the injured list last month. German has allowed two runs or fewer in four straight starts, and he permitted one run on five hits in a season-high six innings on Friday in a no-decision against the Boston Red Sox.

German is 3-1 with a 6.40 ERA in eight career appearances (six starts) against the Rays.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 17, 2022