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Yankees @ Rays: Tampa Bay looks to extend lead over New York in AL East

Yankees @ Rays MLB odds, spreads and predictions

Tampa Bay enters Saturday leading New York by 0.5 games in the AL East.

The New York Yankees took a step backwards in the American League East, faling to the first palce Tampa Bay Rays 7-2.

New York came back to tie the game at 2, before Jonathan Holder gave up two runs in the bottom of the six inning to put the game out of reach.

Encouraging new for the Yankees has been the continued impressive play from off-seaon acquistion DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu hit just his second home run of the season in the top of the sixth, and has showed flashes of his former NL batting champion days batting .328 with 20 RBIs on the seaosn.

Although New York has over 10 players on the injured list, that list has recently gotten smaller with the return of third basemen Miguel Andujar. However, Andujar has struggled since his return going just 3-for-29 over the last eight games.

Game information

When is it? Sunday May 12th

What time is tip off? 1:10 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Tropicana Field

Which channel is it on? YES

The lowdown

The Tampa Bay Rays avoided losing sole posession of the first place in the AL East, and extended their lead to 1.5 games, thanks to the offensively efforts of Yandy Diaz.

Diaz put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning that foiled any comeback hopes for New York. The slugger batted lead off on Saturday night for the Rays and went 2-for-5 with two homeruns and four RBIs.

Diaz has had an impressive start to the season so far totaling nine home runs and 22 RBIs in 35 games.

Avisail Garcia also went yard for Tampa Bay putting the Rays up 1-0 in the second innning with a solo shot, his sixth of the year.

Yankees @ Rays Runline

Tampa Bay is giving New York 1.5 points in this matchup.

Typically I'd feel more confident in the Rays with Snell on the hill, however, Tampa Bay has lost three of his last five starts.

Fortunately for the the first place-Rays, they are 12-9 at home this season and they'll have all hands on deck as they look to pull away in the division.

With that said, New York will keep this game close with the AL East on the line. Tanaka will be the deciding factor on Sunday, especially whether or not he can keep the ball in the ball park. If the Yanks can score early, they may be able to hold on long enough to cover the runline.

Take the Yankees with the points.

Yankees @ Rays Moneyline

Think New York to bouce back on the road? Betting $75 could win profit of $100.

Like Tampa Bay to build on their lead of first place? Spending $160 would win $100 profit.

Yankees @ Rays Over/Under

The over/under for this matchup is set at 7 points.

Final score prediction: New York Yankees 3, Tampa Bay Rays 2

Take the under in this game.

Where the game will be won or lost

Sunday afternoon's matchup will be Mashiro Tanaka for the on the hill for New York and Blake Snell for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Snell is the clear cut ace for Tampa Bay, yet he hasn't exactly pitched that way as of late. The Ray's ace bounced back after having two consecutive poor-three inning outings, and picked up his first win since breaking his toe in mid-April going six innings of one hit baseball without giving up a run while strucking out nine.

Stephen Rodriguez
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