New York Yankees split weekend series with Tampa

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Having dropped the series opener, The New York Yankees took two out of three from the Tampa Bay Rays to split the series 2-2 at the Yankee Stadium over the weekend.

The Yankees opened up a four game series in the Bronx with a disappointing 8-3 loss on Thursday night. Andy Pettitte wasn't at his brilliant best and the offence was poor.

Friday's game however, was a lot more exciting, with Zolio Almonte going 3-for-4 with a homer to lead the Yankees to a 6-2 victory. 

Although the Yankees offence wasn't pretty, they kept tracking on runs. David Phelps didn't have the best of performances either, but he held the Rays to just two runs over 5.2 innings.

The bullpen took care of the rest, with Boone Logan, Shawn Kelley, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera all chipping in.

Saturday saw the Yankees take the lead in the series with a 7-5 win.

The Rays nearly victimised the Yankees with a four-run sixth that made it 5-3, but they answered straight back with a four-spot in the seventh as they eventually turned it around.

Vernon Wells was the man who hit a pinch ground rule double that made it 7-5 and won them the game.

Sunday saw the Rays take the final day 3-1 to tie the series.

The Yankees' offence went missing as the Rays rookie Chris Archer shut them down. The only run they scored was on a sac fly by Cano in the first inning.

The Yankees will be looking for an improvement when they face Texas Rangers on June 26.

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