Joe Girardi didn’t want to make too much of the break his team was given, a break born of circumstances that all involved would have preferred had not occurred.
“I think people are probably going to assume that,” Girardi said of the Yankees-Rays series being moved from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma and the inherent advantage of his club essentially playing at home. “But it really comes down to who plays the best, no matter where you’re at.”
And that team of late, whether home or away, has been the Yankees. That continued Monday night in an easy 5-1 victory over the Rays in front of 15,327 at the Mets’ ballpark.
The Yankees (78-65), wearing road grays but cheered on by roughly 100 percent of those filling Citi’s lower bowl, have won seven of nine and climbed within three games of the idle Red Sox in the AL East.
Todd Frazier’s three-run homer in a mess of a five-run fourth inning, in which Rays starter Jake Odorizzi threw 51 pitches and couldn’t finish, broke the game open at 5-1. The Yankees went quiet on offense after that and accumulated just four hits overall.
With a full bullpen at his disposal…
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