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Recap: Yankees 3, Rays 2
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Tropicana Field
Date: August 25, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
  

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Alfonso Soriano used his legs to help produce a key run for the New York Yankees.

Curtis Granderson drove in Soriano with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning and the Yankees avoided a three-game sweep by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday.

Soriano started the winning rally with a one-out double off Jamey Wright (2-2). He stole third and came home on Granderson's fly ball to center.

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``He ends up getting himself safe at third and now the situation changes,' Granderson said. ``I just have to get a ball to the outfield.'

Yankees manager Joe Girardi gave Soriano the green light to steal.

``If it's no outs you can't do that,' Girardi said. ``But with one out, we're taking a chance trying to make it easier on Grandy.'

Soriano stumbled on his way to third.

``Being the DH, my leg is not loose 100 percent,' Soriano said. ``My mind is 100 percent, but legs are not.'

Mariano Rivera, making his last regular-season appearance at Tropicana Field, received a standing ovation before getting the final three outs for his 38th save. The closer is planning to retire after this season.

Rivera has 37 saves at Tropicana Field, the most by any opponent. Second on the list is Jonathan Papelbon with 10. Rivera has converted 64 of 66 save opportunities overall against Tampa Bay.

Boone Logan (4-2) got two outs for the win.

Pinch hitter Alex Rodriguez opened the 10th with a single to center off Wright and went to second on Brett Gardner's sacrifice. Rodriguez then was doubled off second after Wright grabbed a line drive by Ichiro Suzuki that appeared headed toward center field.

Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball, was booed every time he came to the plate during the series. He went 2 for 9 with two strikeouts.

Girardi had the third baseman on the bench at the start of the series finale, due to a day game after a night game. Rodriguez didn't make his season debut until Aug. 5 after having offseason hip surgery.

Evan Longoria homered and drove in two runs for the Rays.

``We just can't permit the stolen base at third base,' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ``That's really what caused the win for them.'

New York got a homer and two RBIs from Robinson Cano.

Longoria and Cano went back and forth for much of the game before Granderson delivered his key sacrifice fly.

Longoria put the Rays up 1-0 with an RBI single in the first. Yankees starter Ivan Nova avoided further damage by getting an inning-ending double play from James Loney with the bases loaded.

Cano then hit an opposite-field homer to left in the fourth and a tiebreaking RBI double against Alex Cobb in the sixth. He was easily thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a triple.

Longoria responded with his 28th homer in the bottom half.

Nova allowed six hits and tied a career high with six walks in 6 2-3 innings.

Cobb gave up seven hits over 5 2-3 innings. It was the right-hander's third start - the other two were victories - after missing two months after being struck in the head by a liner hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on June 15.

``Two victories and a chance to sweep, you want to step on their throat and finish them off,' Cobb said.

NOTES: The Yankees plan to activate SS Derek Jeter (strained right calf) from the disabled list for Monday's game at Toronto. ... Tampa Bay All-Star LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Thursday and could rejoin the rotation next week. .... ... The announced crowd was 34,078, which was just the Rays' third home sellout this season.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Yankees at Rays
Fri, Aug 23 Final 2 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Yankees at Rays
Sat, Aug 24 Final 2 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Yankees at Rays
Sun, Aug 25 Final 3 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYY  +138   -160   7 
 TAM  -148   +140   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYY  +135   -160   7 
 TAM  -150   +140   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYY  50%   0%   47% 
 TAM  50%   0%   53% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYY 2 Under: 6 
 TAM 4 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYY 2 Over: 9 
 TAM 7 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 5 Over: 11 
 NYY 6 Cover: +135 
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 Jul 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 1 Cover: +100 
 NYY 0 Under: 1 
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 Jul 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 10 Cover: +100 
 NYY 6 Over: 16 
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 Jun 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 3 Cover: +104 
 NYY 1 Under: 4 
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 Jun 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 5 Over: 12 
 NYY 7 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 2 Under: 8 
 NYY 6 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 8 Cover: +100 
 NYY 3 Over: 11 
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 May 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYY 3 Over: 11 
 TAM 8 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Sunday, Aug 25
 
    Twins at Indians
1:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Marlins
1:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Orioles
1:35 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    Yankees at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Rangers at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Padres
4:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Dodgers
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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