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Rays Smash Yankees to Avoid Sweep

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My goodness. The Rays let it rip today.

A dozen runs from the Tampa Bay batsmen were more than enough to avoid a sweep in the Bronx on Sunday.

Evan Longoria went 3-4 with two RBI doubles in the 1st and 4th. He would finish the day with four RBIs, giving him the title of the visiting player with the most runs batted in at New Yankee Stadium.

Logan Forsythe put the Rays on the board as well with a solo homer in the top of the 3rd. Frosty took a Luis Severino 3-2 fastball into the bleachers in left center field.

Cory Dickerson got in on the action in the top of the 4th. He launched an oppo shot to left field that sent Matt Duffy and Nick Franklin across the plate during his home run trot.

Speaking of Nick Franklin, he went 3-5 today with 3 RBIs and was responsible for two of my favorite moments of the game. In the top of the 7th, Nick belted a line drive homer to right field off of Luis Cessa that sent Matt Duffy and Brad Miller home ahead of him to turn a 9-3 Rays lead into a 12-3 Rays lead.

The Rays enjoyed a solid outing from Jake Odorizzi and an exceptional day from the Rays offense. Our boys fought hard to stay at the magical 69 losses today, and plan to continue to do so as they welcome Wil Myers and the Padres to Tropicana Field for a three-game set this week.

Editor's Note, 8/16/2016: A previous version of this article made reference to an interaction during the game between a fan and a Rays player. The words used to describe the fan were not appropriate, and did not reflect our views as a website. This has been removed, a private apology to the fan has been issued, and a further public apology can be found below:

Apology

On Sunday, in the spirit of fun and sports fan rivalry, I made disparaging comments about an opposing fan involved in an incident of interference with a Tampa Bay Rays player. These jokes were in poor taste, and I would like to apologize for them.

That entire portion of the recap has been removed. I meant no harm toward the fan involved in the incident, and only meant to playfully prod a longtime rival, while colorfully recounting the situation (and a seriously awesome catch).

I would like to formally apologize to the fan and his family, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Make-A-Wish foundation, for which the family was there in attendance to support.