Yankees right-fielder Nick Swisher kicked off the festivities with a solo shot to right center as part of New York’s five-run first inning in yesterdays 8-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bronx Bombers were held scoreless through most of the contest, but the Tampa could never quite make up the deficit. Derek Jeter doubled in the eighth to bring in Brett Gardner for the final score. Phil Hughes threw for six innings, letting up just three runs on four hits to earn his 17th win of the year.
“We haven’t accomplished anything yet, but I like what I’ve seen,” said Jeter. “Right now it seems like things are starting to click a little bit.” New York is currently 2 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East Division with 11 games remaining in on the regular season schedule. They are set to host the Rays for two more games before welcoming in the Boston Red Sox starting Friday, September 24th. “I think we all pretty much know what’s at stake,” said Swisher ater the game. “Take the Rays and us and line us up, and let’s see what happens…Getting kind of chilly out there, smells like playoff baseball.” Purchase your New York Yankees tickets with us at Ace!