New York's Gerrit Cole crafted eight brilliant innings to finally solve Tampa Bay in the regular season, and the Yankees secured another series Wednesday night with a 1-0 victory over the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cole (5-1) yielded only four hits, struck out 12 and did not issue a walk in moving to 1-4 in his career against the Rays in the regular season. Aaron Hicks' sacrifice fly in the seventh scored Aaron Judge with the only run as the Yankees improved to 5-0-2 in the past seven series.
New York Yankees (20-16, second in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (19-19, fourth in the AL East) St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Jameson Taillon (1-2, 5.02 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 34 strikeouts) Rays: Rich Hill (1-1, 5.17 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 32 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays +123, Yankees -143; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: New York heads into the matchup after a dominant performance by Gerrit Cole. Cole pitched eight innings, surrendering zero runs on four hits with 12 strikeouts against Tampa Bay. The Rays are 6-8 against the rest of their division. Tampa Bay has slugged .361 this season. Mike Zunino leads the team with a mark of .513. The Yankees have gone 9-12 against division opponents. New York has hit 48 home runs this season, third in the American League. Giancarlo Stanton leads the club with nine, averaging one every 14.1 at-bats. The Yankees won the last meeting 1-0. Gerrit Cole earned his fifth victory and Aaron Judge went 3-for-4 for New York. Ryan Thompson registered his second loss for Tampa Bay. TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Meadows leads the Rays with 17 RBIs and is batting .192. Stanton leads the Yankees with nine home runs and has 24 RBIs. LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 6-4, .199 batting average, 2.64 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs Yankees: 8-2, .214 batting average, 3.03 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs INJURIES: Rays: Michael Wacha: (hamstring), Chaz Roe: (shoulder), Colin Poche: (elbow), Chris Mazza: (right shoulder), Oliver Drake: (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: (elbow), Diego Castillo: (groin), Jalen Beeks: (elbow), Chris Archer: (forearm), Nick Anderson: (elbow), Kevin Kiermaier: (left wrist), Ji-Man Choi: (knee), Francisco Mejia: (left intercostal). Yankees: Luis Severino: (elbow), Clarke Schmidt: (right elbow), Darren O'Day: (right rotator cuff), Zack Britton: (elbow), Rougned Odor: (knee). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Condensed Game: Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over eight scoreless innings to lead the Yankees to a 1-0 win over the Rays