Rays beat Yankees again; Bombers off to worst start since 2016


Tampa Bay Rays’ Manuel Margot hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK — Manuel Margot hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Tyler Glasnow overcame cramps and poor control to pitch five innings of one-run ball and the Tampa Bay Rays held off the struggling New York Yankees 6-3.

The Yankees dropped to an AL-worst 5-9, the latest into a season New York is at the bottom of the league since a 9-17 start in 1991, per Elias Sports. The 5-9 start is their worst since 2016.

Fans in the Bronx again booed the Bombers, but they were more restrained a day after some hurled baseballs and other items on the field late in an 8-2 loss to the Rays.

Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez left the game an inning after taking a foul ball off his right hand. 

New York said X-rays of Sánchez’s hand were negative and that he has a contusion on his right index and middle fingers. The club said he’s day to day.

Sánchez’s throwing hand was unprotected when Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena tipped a pitch that appeared to hit Sánchez in the knuckles in the fourth inning. Sánchez fell to the ground and writhed in pain before a trainer came out to inspect him.

He remained in the game and finished the inning, then flew out to center field in the bottom of the fourth.

The Yankees return to action against the Rays Sunday at 1 p.m. on PIX11. Pre-game coverage begins at 12:30 p.m.

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