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Lifeless Yankees bring back memories of Horace Clarke in 3-1 loss to Rays | Rapid reaction – NJ.com

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The Yankees will tell you until you’re blue in the face how good their offense is because they’ve done a lot of great things in the past.

They’ll tell you that they’ll get it going and start scoring a bunch of runs consistently any day now.

Meantime, most of their guys still hitting in the 100s, they’re still with major injury yet again and their next game will be in June, so the sample size for these massive struggles most definitely is not small.

The struggles continued Monday, as the bats were quiet again in the Yankees’ 3-1 Memorial Day loss to the Tampa Bay Rays that was their fourth in a row and sixth in seven games.

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Meanwhile, the third-place Yankees are falling further out of first place as they dropped a season-high 5 ½ games behind the Rays, who are scorching hot with five wins in a row and 16 in their last 17 games.

In this one, the Yanks managed just five hits in being held to two or fewer runs for the ninth time in 12 times, which is a franchise first since 1971 when the franchise was in the dreaded Horace Clarke era.

Overall, the Yanks have been held to less than three runs 20 times in 54 games.

The Rays held on after building a 3-0 lead by scoring runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings off Yankees starter Jameson Taillon (1-4).

Rays starter Rich Hill, a 41-year-old lefty, worked five shutout innings to improve his record to 4-2, 3-0 against the Yankees.

Miguel Andujar accounted for the Yankees’ only run with a seventh-inning homer that just cleared the right-field wall, his first of the season.

The Yankees’ first five hitters — DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres — were a combined 1-for-20.

The Rays put the Yankees away with new closer J.P. Feyereisen working a scoreless ninth for his third save. A former Yankees prospect, the rookie right-hander was traded by Milwaukee to Tampa Bay on May 21.

NOTABLE

— Shortstop Gleyber Torres gifted the Rays a baserunner in the sixth inning when he fielded a routine grounder and threw five feet over first baseman DJ LeMahieu’s head with all kinds of time. The error was Torres’ ninth of the season and third in two days.

Luis Severino tentatively is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Sunday (probably with low-A Tampa) that possibly could have him off the IL and pitching by July 6 in Seattle. The righty had Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27, 2020.

— The crowd of 17,008 was the Yankees’ biggest of the season at Yankee Stadium.

LOOKING AHEAD

Tuesday: Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m., YES. RHP Tyler Glasnow (4-2, 2.57) vs. RHP Domingo German (4-3, 3.06).

Wednesday: Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m., YES. LHP Shane McClanahan (2-0, 2.57) vs. LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 4.22).

Thursday: Rays at Yankees, 1:05 p.m., YES & MLB Network. TBA vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (6-2, 1.78).

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