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Tampa Bay Rays lose to Yankees as pitchers struggle in third game of spring

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 17: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 17, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 17: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 17, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays will continue to search for their first win of Spring Training after losing to the Yankees.

The Tampa Bay Rays home opener didn’t go as planned as they fell to the Yankees by a score of  8-5. Tyler Glasnow got the start and was sharp despite giving up 1 run.

Glasnow debuted the new pause in his delivery as he focuses on becoming more consistent towards the plate. He would throw 1.2 innings prior to giving way to Yonny Chirinos who struggled mightily.

Chirinos would give up 3 consecutive hits which resulted in 2 runs coming across the plate. He returned to record 2 outs in the 3rd before departing in favor of Matt Krook.

Krook would get the job done and take the Rays to the bottom half of the 3rd. Ryne Stanek got the call to start the 4th inning where he would surrender a thunderous 3-run bomb to Luke Voit which extended the Yankees’ lead to 6-0. Hoby Milner was the next pitcher to take the mound and would work a quiet 5th.

The bats finally arrived in a powerful way as Willy “The Kid” Adames, Mike Zunino, and Austin Meadows all hit bombs in the bottom half of the 5th, helping the Rays get on the board. Jason Coats would tack on 2 more runs with a home run of his own the next inning. That would be it on offense for the Rays.

Rays prospect Curtis Taylor would take the mound and give 2 runs right back surrendering a 2-run bomb which would eventually be answered by Coats’ bomb.

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Ian Gardeck, Dalton Moats, and Ricardo Pinto would pitch the final three innings for the Rays holding the Yankees scoreless. Pinto, a recent minor league signing, looked the best out of the group, featuring sharp sinking action on his fastball. At the plate, top prospects Jesus Sanchez and Joe McCarthy both hit the ball hard as well.

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In the end, a few too many fastballs were left over the plate to Yankees hitters who seemed to be hunting heaters all day. As a result, the Rays fall to 0-3 this spring and will look for their first win tomorrow against the Marlins at 1:05 EST. The game will take place in Port Charlotte.

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