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The Yankees bullpen gets better, Rays get shutout, and an amazing Aki bobblehead

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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Rays offense just couldn’t break through against Masahiro Tanaka, who shutdown the Rays for nine innings as they could only muster three hits against him. The Yankees offense didn’t need much to defeat the Rays, and despite the strong effort by a returning Yonny Chirinos, New York tallied four runs en route to a 4-0 victory.

C.J. Cron provided two of the Rays three hits, including a double, while Jesus Sucre collected the only other Rays hit of the night. Chih-Wei Hu took over with two outs in the seventh for Chirinos, who worked 6 23 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while he walked one and struck out six. Hu surrendered a run on two hits, while he picked up four strikeouts over 2 13 innings.

The Rays and Yankees will play their series finale this afternoon with a 12:10 start time. Nate Eovaldi will take the mound, for possibly the last time in a Rays uniform, and he’ll be opposed by Luis Cessa.

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