Game 35. Yanks fall to Rays, 3-2.

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For the second consecutive evening, the Yankees scored two runs in the first and didn’t tack on. It’s hard to win ballgames when you score only two runs, and for the second consecutive evening, the Yankees lost. This time it was 3-2. The loss on Tuesday evening was 4-2. The loss drops the Yanks to 21-14. They still have a 2-game lead in the A.L. East.

21-14 is a .600 winning percentage, which is or should be a goal for teams. If the Yanks continue at that pace, they’ll have 97 wins, which often is good enough to win the division.

The Yanks scored two in the first on RBI singles by Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann but Adam Warren gave up one in the bottom of the first and two in the second.

Warren settled down after that but it was too late.

Warren 7 IP, (L, 2-2, 4.50) 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00

You have to wonder if Warren, who hasn’t been bad, but also not great in the starting role (average) will drop back into a long-man role once Chris Capuano, Ivan Nova and/or Masahiro Tanaka come off the DL, or if the Yanks send down Chase Whitley. If Warren drops back into the bullpen, it should make a strength even stronger. It’ll be interesting to see what move is made when the time comes, and that time isn’t too far off.

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