Reig Brignac entered the lineup to fill in for the ejected Carl Crawford in the ninth inning, leaving the rookie infielder to produce a walk-off solo shot in the 11th to lift the Tampa Bay Rays past the New York Yankees 1-0 last night at Tropicana Field. Crawford couldn’t help but grin when his replacement stepped up after he struggled from the plate for the Rays to recapture the AL East lead. “I’m glad he got the opportunity,” he said. “I don’t think I would have done that.”
CC Sabathia and David price made it so both sides were scoreless through eight innings, letting up just five hits collectively before their relievers took over in extras. The Yankees have lost their last seven of eight with two games left in Tampa before they travel to Camden Yards to face the Baltimore Orioles. “Both of them were tremendous,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “We’ve got to bounce back. We’ve had three tough losses on this road trip, really tough losses. But this is a team with a lot of character, and we’ll bounce back.” Yankees vs. Rays tickets are now available!