The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers won the openers of their American League playoff series, while the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates triumphed in the National League to even their series at one-game apiece.
Rays Hit 5 Solo HRs Off Sabathia, Price Dominant in Rays’ 5-1 Win Over Yankees By Associated Press Aug. 12 (Washington Post) -- NEW YORK — Be certain, Joe Maddon was impressed with all the homers the Rays hit. David Price and a few big plays in the field, though, is what really got him excited. Johnny Damon, Casey Kotchman and Kelly Shoppach all connected in the third inning for three of Tampa Bay's five solo home runs against CC Sabathia, and Price again came out on top in a matchup of these elite lefties, lifting the Rays over the New York Yankees 5-1 Friday night. "You talk about the homers, but the pitching and defense were spectacular," the Rays manager said. With a full moon looming over the famed Yankee Stadium frieze in right field, light-hitting Elliot Johnson and Evan Longoria also homered — the 100th of his career — in Tampa Bay's fifth straight win. The five homers were the most Sabathia (16-7) has allowed in
David Robertson, the relief pitcher who is closing out games for the Yankees in the absence of the injured Mariano Rivera, couldn’t escape a bases-loaded jam last night as New York lost 4-1 at home to the Tampa Bay Rays.