Rays set to 'host' Yankees in NY

6:09 | MLB         The 7 Line Army brings style passion to Citi Field

6:09 | MLB The 7 Line Army brings style passion to Citi Field

It was, in essence, a Yankees home game in disguise. Likewise for C.C. Sabathia, who limited the Rays to one run through 4 1/3 laborious innings before handing the game off to a bullpen that pitched 4 2/3 shutout frames to seal the Yankees' 5-1 win. Gray's record falls to 9-10 on the season and 3-5 with the New York Yankees.

Displaced but not daunted, the Tampa Bay Rays hung tough in their temporary home.

"The lives and the impact that that storm's having is basically on everybody's mind", Frazier said.

Jacoby Ellsbury then reached on catcher's interference, before Frazier went deep to left for his 24th homer of the season.

That game drew more than 105,000 fans, more than twice as much than Citi Field - which will be the newest venue to stage a Winter Classic - can accommodate. "I don't know if we're going to win 20 in a row, or 19 in a row", manager Kevin Cash said.

The crowd quickly settled into what appeared to be a taut pitcher's duel between the Yankees' CC Sabathia and the Rays' Jake Odorizzi.

Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria stole a hit from Starlin Castro. It was only the second time in seven starts with the Yankees that Gray lasted less than six innings. Back-to-back hits from Wilson Ramos and Brad Miller left runners at the corners with only one out.

"I kind of felt like that was the game in a sense right there", Girardi said.

Matt Holliday had an RBI double in the first inning for the Yankees.

Gray pitched an eighth-inning complete game, allowing two runs - both of homers - on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. He was pulled with two on, and Robertson (8-2), who has 132 career saves and was appearing in the fifth inning for the first time since 2011, struck out Evan Longoria and Duda to escape the jam. Maybe there are some of you out there who have some real issues now, but make sure you take care of yourselves, and we'll be back home and expect to play over the weekend against Boston and continue this [play-off] push here. NY began Tuesday four games ahead of the Twins for the first AL wild card.

Arizona (83-61) have a comfortable 7.5-game lead over the third-placed team in the National League (NL) wildcard race, while the Rockies (79-65) have a tenuous 3.5-game lead for the second. He flied out to the warning track in right in the eighth.

The Tampa Bay Rays hope to return home to Tropicana Field for a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox that starts Friday.

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird missed another start because of back spasms that he started to feel Sunday. He didn't play Monday after coming off the disabled list.

Rays RHP Nathan Eovaldi (Tommy John surgery) tossed a flawless inning for Double-A Montgomery on Sunday in his first game action since last August. He'd been out since August 9 with a strained left oblique strain.

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