Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Mariano Rivera took the mound in the eighth
inning in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium, albeit not in the situation
neither he nor his team had preferred.
Alex Cobb turned in a third straight brilliant start and Evan Longoria knocked
in three runs on a pair of singles as the surging Tampa Bay Rays spoiled
Rivera's home farewell with a 4-0 triumph over the New York Yankees.
Cobb (11-3), the reigning American League Player of the Week, held the
sputtering Yankees to three hits and two walks over seven-plus innings to lead
the Rays to a seventh consecutive victory and move closer towards sewing up a
postseason berth. Tampa Bay entered the day one game ahead of Cleveland for
the AL's top wild card spot and was two ahead of Texas, which is currently
facing the Angels.
Delmon Young added a solo home run while finishing 2-for-3, and James Loney
went 3-for-3 with a run scored to help the Rays sweep the three-game set.
Rivera, whose 19-year career with the Yankees will officially come to a close
following this weekend's upcoming series in Houston, retired all four batters
he faced after coming on with one out in the top of the eighth. He was removed
with two outs in the ninth, with longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy
Pettitte coming to the mound to embrace baseball's all-time saves leader
before he walked off to a standing ovation.
Ivan Nova (9-6) pitched the first seven innings for New York and was touched
for two runs on eight hits.
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