Game Thread: Sunday August 25th, Yankees at Rays

The Yankees have dropped the first two games in a must-win series. So much for the team's five game winning streak. That's the bad news. To the extent there is good news, the team has fallen from 3.5 games out of a wild card slot to 4.5 games out. Damage has been done, but its manageable. The best way for the Bombers to begin managing that damage is by winning today. The Yankees will send Ivan Nova to the mound today, while the Rays will counter with Alex Cobb. Is it just me or do the Rays have an endless supply of young pitchers who excel at blanking the Yankees? Nova needs to pitch well, obviously, but the real ingredient to winning today is the offense. Enjoy!