The high-powered New York Yankees were stymied by Tampa Bay’s relievers.
Six Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a five-hitter, and the Rays beat the New York Yankees 2-1 Friday night.
Utilizing a bullpen day, the Rays improved to 14-31 against teams with a .500 or better record with the victory over the team with the majors’ best record. New York is 40-5 when allowing four or fewer runs.
You just don’t limit that team to one run very often, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. So as far as piecing it together and guys coming in and doing their jobs, that’s probably as good as you can make it.
The Rays wasted a chance to extend the lead in the sixth when Johnny Field struck out on a failed third-strike bunt attempt with two on and Matt Duffy hit a two-out grounder with the bases loaded to complete a 12-pitch at-bat against Adam Warren.
That was on me, poor communication on my part., Cash of the Field strikeout. That’s not how we drew it up. I didn’t take it off. I made the mistake.
I have heard that you did not start as a pitcher. What other positions have you played?
Well, you know, it’s true. I started at 6 years old playing [in my hometown]. I remember watching my brothers growing up playing baseball and I wanted to do the same thing. I started playing the outfield first to get used to it. Then I went to shortstop — and a guy named Andrelton Simmons shows up [and] I moved to third base. We played with each other. He played shortstop, and then I was at third, and then I moved to first. Then, I finally become a catcher.
How tall were you when they switched you to being a catcher?
I was short. I wasn’t the taller guy that I am now in the team. The most that I [grew] is when I signed [at] 16 years old. I was 6-2, I remember, 178 [pounds]. Then, next thing you know, I was 6-5, 220. So, yeah, a lot of growing!
The transition from catcher to pitcher — had to be that arm.
Yes, it would definitely be the arm. I remember in the World Baseball Classic [in 2009], throwing out Willy Taveras at third in Puerto Rico. And then I showed how I could throw from my knees, throwing Ryan Braun out from my knees. And they see that. I had been doing that more in the minor leagues. That made the Dodgers make that decision to, you know, let’s just put him on the mound.