For the second straight night the Rays had a horrible display of baseball, losing to the Yankees again 4-1. The defense was not nearly as sloppy as it was Tuesday night, but the hitting was pretty much just as bad.

Alex Cobb pitched well, but couldn't get any run support from his offense. The Rays only mustered one run on four hits. The only run on the night (and the series so far) came in the ninth inning, when Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton hit back-to-back triples. Ivan Nova finished his strong outing with just one earned run through eight innings, striking out five Rays.

The Yankees started off the scoring with a Mark Teixeira home run in the bottom of the second. Robbie Cano hit one of his own later in the fourth inning, to extend the Yankees' lead to 2-0.

The eight inning is when things started to unravel for Cobb in the Rays. After giving up a single to start off the inning, and then an RBI double to Nick Swisher one batter later, Cobb probably should have been taken out. He would stay in the game however, and give up another RBI double, this time to Eric Chavez.

The Rays are now 31-25. With last night's loss, they drop from a first-place tie with Baltimore to third place. They're a game behind the O's (who beat Boston 2-1 last night) and a half-game behind New York. Boston remains in the division cellar four games out of first and three games behind the Rays.

Notable stat lines:

  • Alex Cobb (L,2-2) 7 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 K
  • Ivan Nova (W, 7-2) 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 K
  • Desmond Jennings 2-4, 3B R
  • B.J. Upton 1-4, 3B, RBI
  • click here for a full box score

Rays news and notes:

  • Tomorrow the Rays take on the Yankees to conclude the three-game series. The American League's two best lefties square off in the battle of the aces, as David Price will take the hill against C.C. Sabathia.
  • Brandon Allen (quad strain) was activated off the DL yesterday, and then was designated for assignment. The Rays have 10 days to trade or release Allen, but Maddon hopes the Rays can hang on to him.
  • James Shields is attending to a family matter in California, and will rejoin the team this weekend in Miami. He shouldn't miss his next scheduled start.
  • The 2012 MLB Draft came to the conclusion yesterday. For coverage on all the Rays picks from the third and final day of the Draft (rounds 16-40), check out RaysProspects.com and RaysColoredGlasses.com 
  • The Rays and Evan Longoria (partial hamstring strain) are looking forward to mid-June return. Longo could start his rehab assignment this weekend, which Maddon believes will take about 7-10 days. He's been doing plenty of baseball activities as of late, and running seems to be the biggest obstacle for him at the moment. Here's Longoria discussing his status to the press yesterday: