Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

LEADING OFF: Dodgers near LA skid record, Rays at home in NY

LEADING OFF: Dodgers near LA skid record, Rays at home in NY

With the loss, the Yankees' lead in the first wildcard spot over the Twins dropped to three games as Minnesota blew out San Diego 16-0 behind seven home runs, including one in each of the first seven innings, a Major League Baseball record.

Tickets for the Yankees-Rays series at Citi Field, which begins Monday night, are available via, as well as the Citi Field box office and at 718-507-8499. While this is more of a home game for the Yankees, I give the Rays the edge due to the pitching.

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The Rays are flying back to the Tampa Bay area following Wednesday's game in NY, giving their players and staff a much-wanted opportunity to check on their homes after Hurricane Irma passed through, and expecting to play the Red Sox this weekend at Tropicana Field as planned. Kevin Kiermaier and Adeiny Hechavarria provided the offense as they each hit a solo home run. The Yankees (78-66) saw their lead over Minnesota for the first wild card fall to three games. The Rays usually would be reassured by the presence of their ace Archer (9-9, 4.00 ERA) on the mound. The 24-year-old had posted quality starts in four of his previous five outings while giving up eight total runs (seven earned) in 33 innings.

WHITE SOX 11, ROYALS 3 Jose Abreu had four hits, Adam Engel hit a three-run home run and visiting Chicago defeated Kansas City. "But I have to execute better". Archer is 6-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 16 career starts against the Yankees. After Didi Gregorius hit a sacrifice fly for the Yankees' first run of the game, Matt Holliday was safe at second on an error by Rays third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who botched fielding Holliday's grounder down the line. Archer has a 1.24 WHIP with 230 strikeouts in 182 1/3 innings. Garcia is looking for his first win as a member of the Yankees, who acquired him from the Twins on July 29. Kenta Maeda (12-6, 4.02 ERA) tries to play stopper against Giants rookie Chris Stratton (2-3, 4.10). Garcia has never faced the Rays.

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