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Yankees, Rays to close out Citi Field series

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Rays starter Blake Snell allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings.

It was the second game of a three-game series relocated from Tropicana Field due to Hurricane Irma's impact on Florida's Gulf Coast. Todd Frazier belted a three-run homer in Monday's 5-1 victory in the series opener as the Yankees crept within three games of first-place Boston in the American League East.

Tommy Hunter (3-5) pitched one inning to give Tampa Bay, on the fringe of the AL wild-card race, its second win in six games.

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After having to relocate to NY for a series against the Yankees because of Hurricane Irma, the club is eager to get back to Tampa Bay and play their scheduled home series vs. the Red Sox at Tropicana Field beginning Friday. The start was the second shortest of the year for Archer, who exited with a tight right forearm in his previous outing September 2 after giving up two homers without recording an out. Archer holds a 3.30 ERA in 14 home starts. After raising concern in walking off the mound September 2 due to forearm tightness, Archer insisted he felt good but just pitched badly in Boston. Chris Archer gets the ball, and he is 9-9 with a 4.00 ERA and 230 strikeouts this season.

With the loss, the Yankees' lead on the first wild-card spot over the Twins dropped to three games Tuesday as Minnesota blew out San Diego 16-0 behind seven home runs including one in each of the first seven innings, a new Major League Baseball record. He had his most recent turn skipped as the Yankees reverted back to a standard five-man rotation. "I'm healthy, I'm strong, I'm always staying positive, I'm always coming in every day to do my work and be ready for whatever they need me to do". He's now 3-5 with the Yankees, even though his ERA stands at 2.66. Garcia has never faced the Rays.

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