Next time the Yankees and Rays play one another is a three-game series here in St. Petersburg on September 13. That’s six weeks from tomorrow.
“It’s two good teams,” Joe Girardi said. “And I said this is going to go down to the wire. We just need to go win a series when we get home.”
The Rays won this round. The Yankees took two of three immediately after the all-star break. The Rays took two of three at the trade deadline. These teams play one another seven times before the end of the season, with Rays leading the season series 6-5 at this point.
“They’re a good team,” CC Sabathia said. “They’ve got a great lineup. Their pitching has been great. We’ve got a good team here too, and we’ll stack up against any body. We’ll keep playing and keep trying to win ball games.”