Three stars for Yankees in series win over Rays

New York takes two of the three games in crucial series in Tampa Bay
08/18/2014 10:11 AM ET
By staff
After five straight losses, including Friday night's opener in Tampa Bay, the Yankees were desperate for some good fortune over the weekend. New York responded with a pair of impressive wins to take the series from the Rays and stay within striking distance in the division. The wins also kept them within 3.5 games of Seattle for the second American League Wild Card spot, as the Yankees continue to hang in the postseason race.

Derek Jeter: 4 for 13 (.307), game-winning RBI on Saturday

Derek Jeter's three-game hitting streak this weekend against the Rays was not one of the more remarkable of the Captain's storied career. But as he's done throughout his career, Jeter's contributions came when his team needed him the most. Stuck in a 2-2 tie late in Saturday's game, Jeter came through with a critical RBI single in the ninth inning off of Tampa Bay's Jake McGee. The hit helped the Yankees snap a five-game losing streak, and saved New York at a crucial junction of the season.

Shane Greene: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 10 K's, 1 BB

Shane Greene's remarkable season continues, as the young right-hander is proving to be much more than a stopgap, and quite possibly a long-term part of the Yankees' rotation. Greene was brilliant again on Saturday, as he racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts, while walking just one hitter over six quality innings to help New York earn a 3-2 win. In his past two starts, Greene has allowed just two earned runs, while striking out 15 hitters.

Yankees manager had high praise for his starter after the game, "He had everything today. His sinker was really good, his cutter was good, his slider was good, his changeup was good, and he used them really effectively."

Mark Teixeira: 5 for 12 (.417), 1 HR, 20th of the season

After missing the bulk of last season, the Yankees certainly hoped that Mark Teixeira could still be a power threat in the middle of the order. While Teixeira has battled a few lingering injuries this season that have forced him to miss time, he has still proven to be a capable home-run hitter, drilling his 20th home run of the season in Sunday's series finale. Leading the Yankees in homers this season, Teixeira has now notched 20 home runs in a season 11 times in his career, and is now tied with Yankees great Joe DiMaggio for 80th on MLB's all-time homers list with 361.

The first baseman spoke after the game and talked about how important it was to turn the series around over the weekend, "It's better when you win. This was a good bounce back. We hadn't played well the first few games of the road trip, so it was really good bouncing back the way we did the last two games."

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