Rays knock CC around, win 8-3

James LoneyNo one likes watching a team lose on Memorial Day weekend, so we'll keep this one short. Fortunately for the Yankee Universe CC Sabathia had a solid April, because he's had a sub-par May. As usual, the big guy gave the Yankees length. He went seven innings on 108 pitches, but seven was his unlucky number. He also gave up seven hits and seven runs, all seven earned. That's bad. Everybody in a Tampa uniform got a hit on CC, but Sean Rodriguez and James Loney both hit home runs, so they'll be feeling extra special at the barbecue this weekend. The Rays added their eighth run in the eighth inning for good measure. There wasn't much to be proud of on the Yankee side of the ledger. The Bombers plated three in the ninth to make it a little interesting, but eight runs is a lot to overcome. Alex Cobb was pretty much as advertised. He allowed only five hits over 8.1 innings, allowing two runs to score only in the ninth inning. Robinson Cano got two hits and Brett Gardner hit a home run.

If the Yankees losing is the bad news then the good news is that even with the loss the team is still tied for first place with Boston, with a one game lead in the loss column. All things considered, for a team with as many injuries as the Yankees, that's a strong place to be. Taking two of three from the Rays in Tampa is no easy feat either. Unfortunately there's no rest for the weary. The Subway Series with the Mets begins Monday. The Mets are struggling right now but they always play the Yankees tough. After that the Yankees draw the Red Sox in a series that will probably decide first place in the AL East for a chunk of June.